Hillary Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands with Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, during the Planned Parenthood 100 Years Gala in New York, May 2, 2017. Reuters

Hillary Clinton who attended the Planned Parenthood's centennial celebrations in New York, Tuesday, slammed "groups of men" in Washington, DC who are responsible for deciding the future of women's health protections. Clinton made the comment in reference to the Trump administration saying: "As we speak, 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 the photos of groups of men around that conference table deciding to strip away coverage for pregnancy and maternity care?" she said.

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The White House had faced criticism earlier from groups like Planned Parenthood in March when it tweeted a photo of a meeting on women health care between Vice President Mike Pence and other male politicians from the House Freedom Caucus, in the absence of a single woman member. Critiques also raised concerns about the meeting's outcome of including a provision to remove a federal law that mandates insurance companies to cover maternity care.

Clinton added: "This was a disturbing blast from the past," CNN reported.

Clinton, who received vocal support from Planned Parenthood throughout her presidential campaign last year, spoke at the 100th anniversary gala honoring the organization. She was awarded with the Champion of the Century Award for her 40 years of service to women and girls in the country.

She also brought up the Hulu adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which retells Margaret Atwood’s dreamland novel of a U.S. in which women are second-class citizens.

“We come tonight to celebrate the last 100 years, the progress that so many generations have fought so hard for -- and what a time it is to be holding this centennial, just ask those who’ve been watching ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ a book I read and was captivated by years ago,” she said.

“It is not too late for us,” Clinton added. “But we have to encourage the millions of women and men who support Planned Parenthood to keep fighting.”

Shonda Rhimes, television producer, screenwriter, and author, was also present at the event and was awarded Champion of Change Award for revolutionizing the way women and issues of reproductive health have been portrayed in the television.

Planned Parenthood, a not for profit, has been working toward improving women's health and empowering millions worldwide to make informed health decisions. “Since Planned Parenthood opened its doors in Brownsville, Brooklyn, 100 years ago, we have made incredible progress—and we’re just getting started,” Joan Malin, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City, said last month, according to the organization’s website.

She added: “In this moment, we’re more determined than ever to fight for our communities, and protect and expand their access to the care and education they need and deserve. This Gala will be an opportunity to pause and celebrate the 100 years that Planned Parenthood has been a part of the fabric of this city and the entire nation, and to kick off our next century of breaking down barriers and expanding opportunities.”

Clinton received appreciation for her long service toward women empowerment in social media as well at the event.