family planning

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.

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World English Dictionary
family planning
See also birth control the control of the number of children in a family and of the intervals between them, esp by the use of contraceptives

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Medical Dictionary

family planning n.
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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Cultural Dictionary

family planning definition

The use of education and birth control to limit the number of offspring and the population of a country. (See population control and Margaret Sanger.)

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Example sentences
Many of us have long advocated birth control and family planning.
Another explanation might be a rise in family planning.
Therefore family planning and considering the future is not an impossible feat.
It is much cheaper to provide education and family planning resources than it
  is to provide food and water.
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