The rule, passed in 1994, refused further benefits when families already receiving assistance had more children. After more than 20 years, the California legislature has the chance to repeal the law.
California’s Maximum Family Grant rule denies financial support to babies born while their families are receiving grants from the state’s welfare program. An effort is underway to repeal the rule and to deconstruct the narrative that poor women have babies for money.
Welfare reform family caps punish the poor for having children. Repealing such laws sometimes creates common ground for pro-choice and “pro-life” groups.