When Welfare Reforms Promote Abortion: 'Personal Responsibility,' 'Family Values,' and the Right to Choose

85 Geo. L.J. 155 (1996)

37 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Susan Frelich Appleton

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

This essay, written in the wake of the 1996 federal welfare reforms, juxtaposes the traditional “family values” that proponents claimed to advance with the economic incentives for abortion created by provisions on “family caps” and “child exclusions.” The contradiction raises questions not only about the new legislation but also about Supreme Court precedents, namely the abortion-funding cases, which apply only rational-basis review to state action designed to interfere with reproductive and family decisions by those in need of public assistance.

Keywords: welfare reform, family caps, child exclusions, abortion-funding cases

Suggested Citation

Appleton, Susan Frelich, When Welfare Reforms Promote Abortion: 'Personal Responsibility,' 'Family Values,' and the Right to Choose (1996). 85 Geo. L.J. 155 (1996). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430810

Susan Frelich Appleton (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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