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Family Caps, Abortion and Women of Color: Research Connection and Political Rejection

Michael Camasso


Fifteen years ago, New Jersey became the first of over twenty states to introduce the family cap, a welfare reform policy that reduces or eliminates cash benefits for unmarried women on public assistance who become pregnant. The caps have lowered extra-marital birth rates, as intended but as this book shows they did so in a manner that few of the policy’s architects are willing to acknowledge publicly, namely by increasing the abortion rate disproportionately among black and Hispanic women. This book presents the caps history from inception through implementation to the investigation and the d ... More

Keywords: New Jersey, family cap, cash benefits, pregnancy, unmarried women, birth rates, abortion rate, black women, Hispanic women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179057
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Camasso, author
Rutgers University School of Social Work and Center for Urban Policy Research