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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Women’s health funding: Democrats moved quickly to restore millions of dollars’ worth of funding Christie had cut to family planning and women’s health clinics, including Planned Parenthood. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 The Wallace Global Fund has for decades been a leader in helping women gain access to family planning. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Top Dem candidate gave millions to groups advocating for taxing families 'to the hilt' for 'irresponsible breeding'," 20 July 2018 In Illinois, a 2015 law prevents Medicaid from sending EOBs for services like family planning. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "How to Get Birth Control and STI Testing If You’re on Your Parent’s Insurance," 5 Dec. 2018 However, there is another side to this story: Americans are consistently supportive of access to family planning. Dawn Huckelbridge, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Threatens Contraception Access, Too," 17 July 2018 About two-thirds of people who visit family planning services are below the federal poverty level, according to the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. NBC News, "Trump targets Planned Parenthood, family planning services with new abortion rule," 18 May 2018 More education leads to lower birthrates because women have more knowledge about family planning and more opportunities to enter the labor force and earn money. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018 After all, financial stability remains the foundation of good family planning. WSJ, "Government Subsidies Won’t Raise Fertility Rates," 1 Aug. 2018 One in five women in their life has been to a Planned Parenthood, right, to get basic health care service, to get family planning service, to have STI screenings, to have cancer screenings. Fox News, "Father of Parkland victim angry after Santa Fe shooting," 19 May 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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