family planning


Definition of family planning

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

Examples of family planning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That may have reduced access to other family planning services, including contraception, and led to more unintended pregnancies, the Guttmacher report said. Pam Belluck,, 15 June 2022 In fact, one in three Indigenous Guatemalan women have no access to healthcare or family planning services. Shahrazad Encinias,, 8 June 2022 State health officials announced Tuesday that Maryland will receive a nearly $700,000 federal grant to enhance telehealth services at family planning sites. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 21 June 2022 Texas already bars its state family planning programs from paying for emergency contraception. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, 13 June 2022 Most notable, however, were the family planning benefits. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 As family planning activists have long known, the right to control fertility includes the right to plan for a healthy family, as well as the right to plan not to have a family. Laura Beers, CNN, 27 May 2022 In 2019, period tracker Ovia got pushback for sharing aggregate data on some users’ family planning with their employers. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The ability to have control over family planning choices has helped women secure job opportunities and financial security, Fremstad added. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of family planning

1934, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jul 2022

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“Family planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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