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Planned Parenthood President: “We’re Through With Political Bullies”

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Planned Parenthood’s president says the group is working again with Susan G. Komen for the Cure — “great news and a wonderful ending” to what wasn’t such a happy story.

Cecile Richards said Thursday that “we’re through with political bullies coming between women and their health care. … Enough is enough.”

Richards was referring to congressional attempts to defund the organization, as well as Komen’s about-face on cuts to their screening grants. She was speaking at a Planned Parenthood luncheon in Dallas attended by about 1,500 people.

Richards said Planned Parenthood and Komen “share a common purpose: to end breast cancer for women.” Planned Parenthood provides 750,000 breast screenings annually.

Richards challenged protestors demonstrating outside the luncheon to volunteer for Planned Parenthood if they “really want to reduce abortions.”

On January 31, Komen, which is based in Dallas, announced it was ending its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates.  But a huge nationwide outcry pushed them into reversing course just four days later.

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