• This report also in French and Arabic.

(September 2004) Governments around the world—including many in the Islamic world—support family planning programs to enable individuals and couples to choose the number and timing of their children. The development of modern contraceptives, organized family planning programs, and international agreements on family planning have given new impetus to old debates: Are Muslim individuals and couples permitted to use family planning? Can governments be involved in providing family planning information and services?