Planned Parenthood on Friday praised the ABC show “Scandal” for a controversial episode that shows its main character receiving an abortion at one of it clinics.
The group said the episode — which depicts lead character Olivia Pope, portrayed by Kerry Washington, having an abortion to the tune of “Silent Night” — shows that “our rights to reproductive health care are under attack.”
“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,” the group said in a statement.
In the show that aired Thursday night, Republican Sen. Mellie Grant, played by Bellamy Young, successfully filibusters a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. Pope learns of the successful filibuster while watching a television report from the abortion clinic.
The conservative Media Research Center (MRC) denounced the episode, calling it an example of “Hollywood’s liberal values.”
“Last night’s episode of ABC’s ‘Scandal' was pretty much an hour-long advertisement for Planned Parenthood,” the watchdog group said. “In the most disturbing scene, the main character has an abortion to ‘Silent Night’ (a hymn celebrating the birth of Jesus) playing in the background.”
“This is Hollywood’s moral depravity on full display,” the MRC added.
Republicans, who are generally opposed to abortion rights, have sought to strip Planned Parenthood of funding.