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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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 Another cast member whose family planning takes center stage? Aurelie Corinthios,, "Shahs of Sunset Is Back! Watch Newcomer Nema Flirt with GG After Her Failed Marriage," 18 June 2018 Paul Hawken’s Drawdown Project looked at options for reducing greenhouse gases and found that educating girls and family planning were the two most potent. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.," 30 Nov. 2018 The Sue Hecks and Jan Bradys of the world are becoming a rarity, as family planning trends from the 1970s have essentially reversed. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Middle children are going extinct because Millennials don't want three children anymore," 13 July 2018 If approved, Kowalik inherits an agency besieged by a hostile work culture, a lead poisoning prevention program in disarray, and mismanaged family planning and breast and cervical cancer screenings. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018

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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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