Shonda Rhimes on Fitz Learning About ‘Scandal’ Abortion: ‘Does He Have To? A Woman Made a Choice About Her Body’

Earlier this season, Kerry Washington’s “Scandal” character made the decision to get an abortion on the ABC series. Since that November episode, that storyline has not been touched on — and the likely father of the unborn baby, Tony Goldwyn’s President Fitz, never knew about the pregnancy or the abortion.

On Tuesday night during “Scandal’s” panel at PaleyFest at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, during the Q&A portion of the event, a fan asked show creator Shonda Rhimes when Fitz will find out about the abortion.

“My question is, does he have to?” Rhimes responded. “A woman made a choice about her body that she legally has the right to make. I haven’t actually decided, but I wonder sometimes. We talk about it a lot.”

Back when the episode aired, conservative groups were quick to judge the show, calling the storyline “Hollywood’s moral depravity on full display.” However, Planned Parenthood praised the episodes. Viewers were divided.

Rhimes was asked another question revolving around Fitz and Olivia’s relationship, specifically a crowd member inquiring if and when the fan-favorite couple will ever get back together.

“Olivia is on a journey and Olivia has been on a journey since we started. It’s interesting to me that her primary story is a romance — that’s what you’ve seen — because to me, her primary story has been discovering herself,” Rhimes responded to the fan who asked the question. “I’m happy that you have fallen in love with Fitz because that is the journey that Olivia went on … she went on the fantasy and she realized that the fantasy was not real. That does not mean that she does not love Fitz, that does not mean Fitz does not deserve love. It just means that Olivia does not know who she is yet.”

The on-screen couple did briefly get back together this season in a story arc that had Washington’s character living in the White House with the TV president, basically taking on the role of a First Lady. Tonight, Rhimes called that a “farce.” She explained “to basically be an appendage of him was never going to work … For Olivia, the breaking free of that, while painful, was the first step of realizing that she was not who she was supposed to be.”

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