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Shonda Rhimes joins national Planned Parenthood board

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/6/2017
FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Shonda Rhimes attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: "Scandal" event in Los Angeles. Rhimes told Elle magazine for a story published online on April 6, 2017, that she is joining the national board of Planned Parenthood. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Shonda Rhimes attends the 33rd Annual Paleyfest: "Scandal" event in Los Angeles. Rhimes told Elle magazine for a story published online on April 6, 2017, that she is joining the national board of Planned Parenthood. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes is joining the national board of Planned Parenthood.

Rhimes made the announcement in an interview with Elle magazine alongside Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards.

Rhimes says she decided to join the board because "women's health is under fire right now" and she feels "it's important to help fight back."

Rhimes also discussed a 2015 episode of "Scandal," which showed main character Olivia Pope having an abortion. Rhimes says she was portraying a legal medical procedure and "wasn't going to pull any punches."

Richards says the organization is hoping to harness some of Rhimes' "enormous creative energy and storytelling ability."

Rhimes previously served on the board of the organization's Los Angeles chapter.

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