Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in "Scandal"

A Christmas-themed “Scandal” doesn’t stop the fall finale of the Shonda Rhimes show from delivering an explosive twist in the final few minutes. And even though Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is trying her hardest to make Olitz’s new cohabitation in the White House work, there’s a major secret weighing on her throughout the entire episode: she’s pregnant, and gets an abortion onscreen.

Even in an episode with (another) Fitz (Tony Goldwyn)/Olivia breakup, that was the enormous shocker. And it makes Olivia’s support for Sen. Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young) in her attempt to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood a lot clearer.

Women’s health issues, like access to abortion, hung in the balance and the show firmly came down on the side of supporting institutions like Planned Parenthood that give women options like the one Olivia chose during the episode.

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And even though they split, Olivia didn’t tell Fitz about her abortion. Instead, it remained unsaid as Olivia lashed out at Fitz for using moving her into the White House as a punishment. The end of the episode finds Olivia back at home in her apartment, complete with a brand new couch, a glass of wine, and a bowl of popcorn.

Planned Parenthood tweeted their thanks to Rhimes and the show for writing such a supportive episode.

Other stars of the show and famous figures also spoke up about their support of Planned Parenthood and how much they loved the episode.

Posted by:Kayla Hawkins