Services or programmes aiming to ensure that couples and individuals are able to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children, that they have the information and means to do so, that informed choices are made, and that a full range of safe and effective methods are made available.


Additional notes and information

Family planning programmes often offer contraceptives to prevent fertility and advocate child-spacing methods to help protect both mothers’ and infants’ health. Family planning programmes must be based on the principle of informed free choice.