birth control


Definition of birth control 

1 : control of the number of children or offspring born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception

2 : contraceptive devices or preparations

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Does Kavanaugh support a woman’s right to use birth control? Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Here's Where Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands on Key Women's Issues," 11 July 2018 In some instances, Tyndall is accused of conducting vaginal exams without gloves when students were only seeking birth control. CBS News, "Feds probing whether USC concealed abuse allegations against school gynecologist," 12 June 2018 More recently, lawmakers created statutes allowing women to seek reproductive services without a referral from their primary doctor and to obtain a year’s supply of birth control in a single pharmacy visit and without a prescription. John Myers,, "Abortion may soon return to the national political debate, but it's largely settled in California," 8 July 2018 She's been deployed as a campaign surrogate, holding her own events promoting Newsom and their mutual support for gun safety, women's access to safe birth control and their leadership roles in business. Angela Hart, sacbee, "She's not on the ballot, but this woman could be 'front and center' in the governor's office," 31 May 2018 Causes of the decline, according to population experts, included young people deciding to put off parenthood for financial or personal reasons along with increasing availability of birth control and the state of the U.S. economy. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "California birthrate plunges to lowest level in a century," 17 May 2018 Thanks to Title X funding, Planned Parenthood became her go-to place for Pap smears, birth control and STD testing starting in high school. Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "Trump administration hit with lawsuits over low-income family-planning dollars," 2 May 2018 Support for birth control was pulled during the one year that President Mohammed Morsi was president until he was overthrown by el-Sissi in July 2013. Jacob Wirtschafter And Mina Nader, USA TODAY, "Egypt pushes population control: 'Two is Enough'," 5 July 2018 According to a fact sheet published in December 2017 by the National Women's Law Center, reports of pharmacies refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control or provide emergency contraception have been recorded in at least 26 states. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Walgreens pharmacist denied woman miscarriage medication. Could it happen in Indiana?," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of birth control

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of birth control was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of birth control

: things that are done to keep a woman from becoming pregnant

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Medical Definition of birth control 

1 : control of the number of children born especially by preventing or lessening the frequency of conception : contraception

2 : contraceptive devices or preparations

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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