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1. An individual that has produced at least one offspring through sexual reproduction.
2. Any source or basis, as for the elaboration of a substance.
[L. parens, fr. pario, to bring forth]


(pâr′ənt, păr′-)
a. A female person whose egg unites with a sperm or a male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child or the birth of a child.
b. A female person who is pregnant with or gives birth to a child except when someone else has legal rights to the child.
c. A person who adopts a child.
d. A person who raises a child.
2. An ancestor; a progenitor.
3. An organism that produces or generates offspring.
v. par·ented, par·enting, par·ents

par′ent·hood′ n.


Etymology: L, parens
a mother or father; one who bears offspring. parental, adj.


Vox populi A person who has produced one or more offspring from a sexual union. See Adoptive parent, Fertile adoptive parent, Foster parent, Genetic parent, Grandparent, Psychological parent, Real parent, Step-parent, Surrogate parent, Unwed parent.

Patient discussion about parent

Q. I’m with depression. I don't want to tell this to my parents, so what can I do to cure it? I’m with depression. And I seem to be depressed only when I spend an extended amount of time with family and then I leave them. I don't want to tell this to my parents, so what can I do to cure it?

A. Sounds like you are missing home. Call them up and yack on the phone some. Its part of life to have to be out on your own and everyone usually misses home. Its good you have one to go back to. But you can decide to try and make some roots right where you are. You can't really live your life in two places at once. The advice I was given by a very spiritual person I used to talk to alot was that you have to bloom where you are planted. Make the best of where you are at and quit worrying about how it could be somewhere else. Try and make some friends and get involved in something where you are at. Get put and explore around and see what happens.

Q. Are there any special forums for parents to kids with cancer? I think my sister could really use that kind of support group of people who are going through the exact same thing they never dreamed to be.

A. But how should I tell her to go there? she acts like she doesn't need help. she says she isn't the one who needs treatment and she wouldn't want to waste time and energy on herself now- only on the kid. How do I convince her it's important?

Q. why is it that some women lack parental nutrition?

A. Do you mean breastfeeding? Some women have problem with their nipples, in rare cases the breast tissue isn't developed enough. Sometimes breast surgeries damage the milk ducts. Psychological factors also play a role.

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As awareness of the recent controversial Planned Parenthood videos goes up, so does support for the Congressional Republicans' plan.
After videos were released depicting Planned Parenthood officials across the nation discussing how their providers obtain fetal tissue for medical research, the state moved to cut Medicaid funding from the women's health organization.
The biggest shift in views of Planned Parenthood since 1993 has taken place among Republicans.
As of late August, no federal law had defunded Planned Parenthood, though Alabama, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Arkansas and Utah had defunded the organization at the state level.
Planned Parenthood is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent the funding from being cut.
These contracts have been in place for 40 years, with great benefits for not only Planned Parenthood patients but for our communities and our state.
So, the questions before us are: 1) how can we achieve our goal of defunding Planned Parenthood and educating the public about their massive abortion business; and 2) how can we avoid missteps that will actually hurt our efforts?
Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas say they do not currently donate fetal tissue, but the Houston affiliate did in 2010 as part of a research study with the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Closer analysis actually shows our doctors stating repeatedly that Planned Parenthood does not profit from fetal tissue donated toward potentially lifesaving research, and that these donations are made at the request and with the consent of our patients.
If anyone is showing "a total lack of compassion and dignity," it would seem to be Planned Parenthood, who joke about fetal parts in a glass dish on a light table and haggle over procurement prices for intact fetuses over a few glasses of red wine.
Planned Parenthood has spent much of the last few years demanding that taxpayers add millions more to their coffers, citing their non-profit status and so-called focus on women's health," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List.
1, Komen said it was ending grants to Planned Parenthood due to a current investigation by Congress to see if the organization is using federal funds for abortions, which would violate federal law.