- the concept or a program of limiting the size of families through the spacing or prevention of pregnancies, especially for economic reasons.
- (loosely) birth control.
Origin of family planning
First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for family planning
Last year, Texas drastically cut its family-planning funding, the same way Mitt Romney says he would cut federal funding.
An estimated 160,000 women lost their health care when Texas slashed its family-planning program last year.
A proposed state budget bill would effectively strip federal funding to the family-planning organization.Ohio Republicans Move to Cut Funds to Planned Parenthood, Riling Democrats
April 19, 2012
Nor were their deaths the result of an evil campaign of forced abortion by Chinese family-planning officials.Has China Gone Mad?
April 2, 2010
- the control of the number of children in a family and of the intervals between them, esp by the use of contraceptivesSee also birth control
- A program to regulate the number and spacing of children in a family through the practice of contraception or other methods of birth control.
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