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Kerry Washington blocked Internet trolls after Scandal's abortion episode

The Scandal star is honoured to portray a woman making strong life choices.

Kerry Washington had to block a group of Internet trolls who attacked her following a recent storyline about abortion on her hit show Scandal.

In the most recent season of the political drama, the actress' character, Olivia Pope, fell pregnant but decided to keep the news from the baby's father, and to secretly have an abortion.

While Kerry had no say in the storyline, she received the brunt of the backlash from vocal viewers after the abortion episode aired, revealing she was the target of nasty comments from Twitter users, who were angry with her character's decision.

During an interview with The Huffington Post at the United State of Women White House summit on Tuesday (14Jun16), Kerry explained she didn't put up with the trolls for long, admitting, "A lot of the people that may have reacted negatively are probably blocked on my Twitter, because I tend to be a pretty outspoken person when it comes to all kinds of human rights - women's reproductive rights, immigrants' rights, workers' rights, rights for people of colour, voting rights.

"I was really honoured to play a woman who was making a choice for herself, regardless of what that choice is. I just think it’s important that we remind ourselves that we live in a country where choice is important, and I was grateful to be able to portray a character who makes a choice and doesn’t have shame about it."

And Kerry, who is pregnant with her second child in real life, revealed her Internet-savvy stemmed from a 2012 appearance at the Democratic National Convention, where she spoke in support of President Barack Obama for his re-election campaign.

"When I spoke at the Democratic National Convention four years ago, there was a huge explosion of backlash," Kerry explained. "It was helpful because I got to identify which people to block... I have no problem with people expressing a difference of opinion... but I do block people who express violence, sexism, racism - that's inexcusable to me."

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