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 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the lights effectively went out of family planning and women’s health clinics coast to coast. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: A Trump-era attack on Planned Parenthood and women’s health comes to an end," 16 Apr. 2021 Weddings were put on hold, pushing back family planning, and single people faced new challenges in meeting a partner. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is a pandemic the time to have a baby? Potential moms wrestle with question.," 5 Apr. 2021 Even as regulations on family planning had been eased across China, they were enforced ferociously in Xinjiang, with violations often punished by detention. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 At the March 20 event, Mahmut Abduwali, an associate researcher with Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, cited China's country-wide family planning policies in countering Genz's research. USA Today, "The US says China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs. Here's some of the most chilling evidence.," 2 Apr. 2021 Under China's family planning policies, most families were only allowed to have one child until 2015, although rural ethnic minorities, including the Uyghurs, were permitted up to three in the region. Rebecca Wright, David Culver And Ben Westcott, CNN, "Beijing's crackdown in Xinjiang has separated thousands of children from their parents, new report claims. CNN found two of them," 18 Mar. 2021 At the same time, places with lower use of birth control could see a reduction in twins as more people get access to better family planning. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Humans Are Having More Twins Now Than at Any Time in History," 17 Mar. 2021 Other grantees include state and local health agencies (including Tennessee’s Department of Health family planning program) and other nonprofits. Linda Qiu,, "Assessing claims in the coronavirus stimulus debate," 27 Feb. 2021 Jeremy Pelzer reports that in a joint motion filed Monday with the nation’s high court, the attorneys general argued that Trump Administration rule changes to the Title X federal family planning program benefit Ohio. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohioans 50 and older can now receive coronavirus vaccine: The Wake Up for Tuesday, March 9, 2021," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of family planning

1934, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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“Family planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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