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
Date Written: 1996
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
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