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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For anyone unfamiliar, this federal grant program funds clinics to help guarantee access to a variety of family planning and preventive health services for primarily low-income people or those who are uninsured. SELF, "An Abortion Provider Explains What’s Really at Stake With Changes to Title X Funding," 21 June 2018 This kind of family planning may be more common in seasonal environments where food is plentiful only during certain periods. Tim Vernimmen, Scientific American, "Babysitting Mammals Keep It in the Family," 20 June 2018 Two years later, family planning services were created for low-income adults. John Myers,, "Abortion may soon return to the national political debate, but it's largely settled in California," 8 July 2018 The line-item cuts amounted to $15,779,259 in funding for a variety of services throughout the state, including family planning. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "South Carolina governor vetoes $15.7 million from budget over funding for abortion providers," 8 July 2018 The Monitor is following three mothers whose lives are touched by Mr. Kaiser’s philanthropy, from quality daycares and early-reading classes to prison-diversion programs and family planning. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 In the Department of Health and Human Services, a prohibition on providing family planning and pregnancy prevention funds to entities that also perform abortions if there is another provider in the same county that does not perform abortions. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's crumbling roads get $300M extra in state budget," 12 June 2018 The budget approved by the Legislature included language that would have moved federal Title X money for family planning services to health clinics and county health departments that do not provide abortions. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Planned Parenthood keeps Title X funding in new Michigan budget," 22 June 2018 Texas is a great example of what happens when family planning clinics are defunded. SELF, "An Abortion Provider Explains What’s Really at Stake With Changes to Title X Funding," 21 June 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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