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Washington, DC -- Planned Parenthood Action Fund released the following statement after tonight’s groundbreaking episode of Scandal:

Statement from Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

“Tonight, the millions of people who tune into Scandal every Thursday night learned that our rights to reproductive health care are under attack. Never one to shy away from critical issues, Shonda Rhimes used her platform to tell the world that if Planned Parenthood lost funding for contraception counseling, STI testing, cancer screenings, and safe, legal abortion -- millions of people would suffer. And this episode wasn’t the first time one of Rhimes’ characters had an abortion, yet tonight we saw one of our favorite characters make the deeply personal decision that one in three women have made in their lifetime.

“We applaud Shonda Rhimes tonight -- and every Thursday night -- for proving that when women are telling our stories, the world will pause and watch. We just hope those in Congress -- and throughout the nation -- who are steadfast on rolling the clock back on reproductive health care access are taking note.”