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Planned Parenthood pulls out of Title X funding over Trump abortion rule

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Planned Parenthood announced Monday that it will withdraw from the $286 million federal family planning program known as Title X to avoid complying with the Trump administration's "gag rule," which bars groups that offer abortions or abortion referrals from receiving federal funding.

Why it matters: Planned Parenthood said in its statement that being "forced out" of Title X won't stop the organization from providing abortions and other family planning services and it will continue to fight the gag rule in court. However, the move could impact the more than 1.5 million low-income and rural women — or 40% of Planned Parenthood's 4 million patients — who depend on the organization for family planning services, per the New York Times.

Trump to cut 1,100 rural jobs

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The Trump administration announced it will cut 1,100 federal jobs by eliminating a Forest Service program which trains disadvantaged young people in rural communities jobs including fire fighting, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: This is believed to be the largest layoff of civil servants in nearly 10 years, expected to effect Arkansas, Montana, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin. Members of both political parties were opposed to the plan, per the Post. Nine locations are expected to shut down while 16 are to be taken over by private operators and state governments.