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'Scandal' Finale Stirs Up Controversy

Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on Scandal, speaks during the "Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder" panel at a summer press tour event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope on Scandal, speaks during the "Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder" panel at a summer press tour event in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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SPOILER ALERT: Be warned that this post discusses details from Thursday's winter finale of ABC's drama Scandal.

SPOILER ALERT: Be warned that this post discusses details from Thursday's winter finale of ABC's drama Scandal.

SPOILER ALERT: Be warned that this post discusses details from Thursday's winter finale of ABC's drama Scandal.

ABC's buzzed-about drama Scandal dropped a bombshell episode Thursday, seeming to show lead character Olivia Pope secretly ending a pregnancy she may have had with her lover, President Fitzgerald Grant.

ABC's buzzed-about drama Scandal dropped a bombshell episode Thursday, seeming to show lead character Olivia Pope secretly ending a pregnancy she may have had with her lover, President Fitzgerald Grant.

ABC's buzzed-about drama Scandal dropped a bombshell episode Thursday, seeming to show lead character Olivia Pope secretly ending a pregnancy she may have had with her lover, President Fitzgerald Grant.

Earlier in the episode, another character, former first lady Mellie Grant — now divorced and the junior senator from Virginia — filibustered a spending bill that might have helped Congress curb funding to Planned Parenthood.

Earlier in the episode another character, former First Lady Mellie Grant – now divorced and the junior Senator from Virginia – filibustered a spending bill which might have helped Congress curb funding to Planned Parenthood.

Earlier in the episode another character, former First Lady Mellie Grant – now divorced and the junior Senator from Virginia – filibustered a spending bill which might have helped Congress curb funding to Planned Parenthood.

The result was a one-two punch aimed at the heart of issues affecting women's reproductive health and the political arguments surrounding them.

The result was a one-two punch aimed at the heart of issues affecting women's reproductive health and the political arguments surrounding them.

The result was a one-two punch aimed at the heart of issues affecting women's reproductive health and the political arguments surrounding them.

Presented as part of the show's winter finale (Scandal will return with new episodes in the new year) Thursday's episode drew lots of reaction online. Planned Parenthood tweeted "Thanks to (Scandal creator and executive producer) @shondarhimes for standing with Planned Parenthood & for being groundbreaking creator." E! Online declared the finale "left us speechless."

Presented as part of the show's winter finale (Scandal will return with new episodes in the new year) Thursday's episode drew lots of reaction online. Planned Parenthood tweeted "Thanks to (Scandal executive producer) @shondarhimes for standing with Planned Parenthood & for being groundbreaking creator." E! Online declared the finale "left us speechless."

Presented as part of the show's winter finale (Scandal will return with new episodes in the new year) Thursday's episode drew lots of reaction online. Planned Parenthood tweeted "Thanks to (Scandal executive producer) @shondarhimes for standing with Planned Parenthood & for being groundbreaking creator." E! Online declared the finale "left us speechless."

After the episode aired, star Kerry Washington, who plays Pope on the show, tweeted two hashtags: #Istandwithmellie and #istandwithplannedparenthood. In the episode, her character is shown helping Senator Grant (played by Bellamy Young) continue the filibuster, which is hailed in the episode as the longest in American history.

After the episode aired, star Kerry Washington, who plays Pope on the show, tweeted two hashtags: #Istandwithmellie and #istandwithplannedparenthood. In the episode, her character is shown helping Senator Grant (played by Bellamy Young) continue the filibuster, which is hailed in the episode as the longest in American history.