Shonda Rhimes Joins The National Board Of Planned Parenthood: 'Women's Health Is Under Fire Right Now'

Shonda Rhimes has joined the National Board of Planned Parenthood.

The TV mogul was already serving on the organization’s board in Los Angeles, but now she’s taking her responsibilities to the next level.

via Buzzfeed:

“When someone you really admire … calls on you to serve, you say yes,” she told Elle. “The fact is that women’s health is under fire right now and so to me, it feels like it’s important to help fight back.”

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, told the magazine that Rhimes will use her power of storytelling to “lift up the stories of people who don’t always get heard.”

“The best thing we can do is just channel the enormous creative energy and storytelling ability that Shonda Rhimes already has to do our work even better,” Richards told Elle.

In 2015, Richards praised the way Rhimes depicted Scandal’s main character, Olivia Pope, getting an abortion during an episode.

“She wrote a story that was not sensational; it was real,” Richards said. “And people related to it. There’s almost no one in America who can’t relate to the issue of an unplanned pregnancy or a troubled pregnancy; it’s touched them somehow in their lives.” 

Rhimes and Planned Parenthood did not immediately respond to a BuzzFeed News request for comment.

Shonda does SO much. WHERE does she find the time?

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