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Shonda Rhimes (pictured), the creator of the hit ABC drama series ‘Scandal’ has assumed a new executive position on the board of one of the nation’s most controversial women’s health care providers.
On Thursday (April 6th), Rhimes, 47, announced that she joined that national board of Planned Parenthood. As a member of this board, Rhimes will be involved in the leadership vision, which will drive the mission of the organization.
Rhimes has been a regular activist at her local Planned Parenthood affiliate for years. She was invited to join the national board by Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Richards, 59, was recently asked by ELLE Magazine why she chose Rhimes to serve on her organization’s national board. “Shonda was already serving on the board out in Los Angeles, and she’s been a great supporter for a long time,” Richards told ELLE.
“But what she brings not only to this board, but frankly to the world, is her commitment to lift up the stories of people who don’t always get heard, whether it’s in the way she talks about LGBT issues or women’s reproductive health care or [the way she] centers people of color on television,” Richards continued.
Rhimes also spoke with ELLE about gaining her new position on Planned Parenthood’s national board. “And so to me, it feels like it’s important to help fight back. I just want to be of service. And I’ll do that any way I can,” Rhimes told ELLE.
Planned Parenthood has become a target of extremist, pro-life Republican lawmakers, such as U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan and his ultra-conservative cronies have been very vocal about their plans to rid Planned Parenthood of all its federal funding over the abort!on issue.
However, abort!on providing represents only a small fraction of the services delivered regularly to women at Planned Parenthood. Also, federal funds are already not paying for women’s abort!on services at Planned Parenthood.