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Stars turn out for Planned Parenthood gala honoring Clinton

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/3/2017 By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer
Honoree former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Honoree former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — An array of celebrities — from Meryl Streep to Tina Fey to Scarlett Johansson to Julianne Moore to Chelsea Handler — turned out to support Planned Parenthood at its centennial celebration, and to hear Hillary Clinton urge continued activism on behalf of women and girls around the world, and access to services like pregnancy and maternity care.

Tina Fey attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Tina Fey attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Advancing women's rights and opportunities, Clinton said at the event Tuesday evening — during which she received an award — "remains the great unfinished business of the 21st century. And some days, it seems like it may be even more unfinished than we'd hoped."

Scarlett Johansson attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Scarlett Johansson attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

"As we speak," Clinton said, "politicians in Washington are still doing everything they can to roll back the rights and progress we've fought so hard for over the last century. I mean, could you believe those photos of men around that conference table deciding how to strip away coverage for pregnancy and maternity care?"

Shonda Rhimes attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Shonda Rhimes attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Clinton, the former Democratic nominee, criticized Republicans for trying to force through a health care plan "that would cost 24 million people their health insurance and would gut funding for Planned Parenthood."

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Also honored Tuesday was Shonda Rhimes, the writer and producer of "Grey's Anatomy," ''Scandal" and other shows. She was introduced by Streep, who said Rhimes, through her characters, had changed the way Americans look at women.

Julianne Moore attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Julianne Moore attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Clinton, too, praised Rhimes for "putting strong, empowered women at the center of her stories for a long time."

Padma Lakshmi attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Padma Lakshmi attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

"One of these days, Shonda," she quipped, "the world may even catch up with you."

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Clinton, who has been making increasing public forays as of late, told the crowd with a smile that she highly recommended long walks in the woods — a reference to when she was photographed doing just that after the election. "It's far better than screaming at the television," she said.

And she shared her new motto: "Resist, insist, persist, enlist."

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