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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Recent Examples on the Web Doug Chakya/Source images: Getty Since March, fertility clinics across the country have halted treatments for tens of thousands of people because of Covid-19, forcing patients to suspend their family planning. Natalie Lampert, New York Times, "Fertility Clinics Stay Open Despite Unclear Guidelines," 1 May 2020 The administration specifically targeted the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2017 over its support for the Chinese government's family planning program. Fox News, "Pro-life leaders scrutinize WHO funding amid support for abortion during COVID-19 outbreak," 5 Apr. 2020 Of course, there are other things in life than having children, and there are other ways of having children that don’t involve your fertility, and there are other valid family planning strategies besides . Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Fiance is in�trac�table about changing his timetable on having kids," 8 Mar. 2020 Some women also may be undecided about family planning or uncomfortable talking about it, period. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Please Stop Asking When I'm Having Kids," 6 Mar. 2020 Now, Rachel Lindsay has switched careers, gotten married, and has started family planning. Martha Sorren,, "A Lot Has Changed For Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay In 3 Short Years," 4 Mar. 2020 The poll asked 1,858 men and women ages 20 to 45 about their family planning, and more than half expected to have fewer children than their parents. Sarah Feldberg,, "‘You don’t want to bring a baby into a world that’s dying’," 3 Oct. 2019 As necessary international actions, Steiner highlights funding and access for non-coercive family planning and reproductive health programs, education and literacy, and paid employment for women. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Science-based and beautifully illustrated book reminds us ‘there is no Planet B'," 2 May 2020 The bill would have routed federal funds from the family planning and women’s health block grant programs to Planned Parenthood and other entities. Haley Bemiller, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Planned Parenthood abortion funding, business claim goes too far," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of family planning

1934, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2020

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“Family planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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