family planning


Definition of family planning

: planning intended to determine the number and spacing of one's children through birth control

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In March, the group filed a lawsuit in Oregon in response to the Trump administration’s new rules for the federal family planning program. Time, "The American Medical Association Is Taking a More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Legislation," 1 July 2019 Oregon is one of 20 states and the District of Columbia that challenged the Trump administration’s changes to the Title X family planning program, along with Planned Parenthood affiliates and the American Medical Association., "Trump’s Title X rules restricting abortion access can go into effect, federal appeals panel rules," 20 June 2019 The rule is designed primarily to target Planned Parenthood, the largest provider under the Title X family planning program. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Trump Administration Curbs Federal Funding for Clinics Providing Abortions," 22 Feb. 2019 When Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood from its family planning program, 30,000 fewer women accessed health care. Glamour, "Abortion Bans Are a Call to Action—Not a Reason to Give Up," 29 Mar. 2019 His book coincided with the advent of the first popular oral-contraceptive pill, a medically safe and inexpensive method for family planning. WSJ, "Government Subsidies Won’t Raise Fertility Rates," 1 Aug. 2018 The Trump administration has moved to change how taxpayer funds go towards family planning organizations, especially those that provide or encourage patients to have abortions. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Do Trump's plans for Title X implement a 'gag rule'? A look at the proposal," 23 May 2018 While those data points may be useful to some users, Fitbit’s female health tracking is still far behind other dedicated apps, which offers comprehensive tools for family planning and menopause tracking. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Fitbit OS 3.0 brings more third-party app support, including Couch to 5K," 17 Dec. 2018 Parents aren’t responding to looser family planning rules for many reasons, including higher costs for housing and education that have left people worried about caring for bigger families. WSJ, "China’s Demographic Danger Grows as Births Fall Far Below Forecast," 9 Feb. 2019

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of family planning

: the use of birth control to determine the number of children there will be in a family and when those children will be born

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Medical Definition of family planning

: planning intended to determine the number and spacing of one's children through effective methods of birth control

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