Hillary Clinton, Shonda Rhimes Honored at Planned Parenthood Gala

Last night (May 02, 2017) celebrities came out to support Planned Parenthood at their 100th Anniversary Gala at Pier 36 in New York City.

The non-profit has come under fire since the election because Republicans want to cut federal funding from its clinics that perform abortions, in addition to offering cancer screenings, STD tests and other medical services.

Hillary Clinton, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes and more were in attendance.

Still with her.

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Clinton spoke at the event and said, ““What a time to be holding this centennial.”

Clinton turned to a popular Hulu TV series. “Just ask those who have been watching The Handmaid’s Tale, a book I read and was captivated by years ago,” Clinton said. “I’m not suggesting this dystopian future is around the corner, but this show has prompted important conversations about women’s rights and autonomy.”

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“In The Handmaid’s Tale, women’s rights are gradually, slowly, stripped away,” Clinton continued, during a 17-minute speech that led to two standing ovations. “As one character says, ‘We didn’t look up from our phones until it was too late.’ It’s not too late for us. We have to encourage the millions of women and men to keep fighting.”

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.

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

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

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