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Debt Enforcement Policy Harms Employment Prospects for the Poor

Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars.

Along with the enactment of welfare reform 17 years ago this August came tougher practices in debt enforcement—which, in many cases, lands the poor behind bars, leads to suspensions in drivers’ licenses, and other practices that make finding work much harder.

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Legal Wrap: Abortion Fights Heat Up in Red States

Young woman shouting into megaphone with red background

Indiana and Kansas show the battle over abortion rights and access is growing in intensity in some parts of the country.

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Repealing Welfare Family Cap Laws a Common Goal for Some Pro- and Anti-Choice Groups

Welfare reform family caps punish the poor for having children. Repealing such laws sometimes creates common ground for pro-choice and "pro-life" groups.

Welfare reform family caps punish the poor for having children. Repealing such laws sometimes creates common ground for pro-choice and “pro-life” groups.

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Ohio Diverts TANF Dollars to CPCs, Revealing Connection Between Reproductive, Economic Justice

Among the bills recently introduced are HB 1132 and SB 638, which would raise the cap on total tax credits for contributions to all CPCs in the state from $2 million to $2.5 million.

In an economy rife with low-wage jobs and long-term unemployment for women, the need for reproductive freedom is even more critical. Yet, Ohio’s budget achieves exactly the opposite, as if to mock the state’s women.

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Family and Medical Leave Act a Step Toward Reproductive Justice, But Still Leaves Many Behind

(Heinrichsen Siegel)

The 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act offers a chance to reflect on its potential, and those that are still left without protection.

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Women and Welfare: Revisiting Reform in the Wake of Economic Crisis

Coverage of the economic crisis focuses on the fate of the newly poor middle class. But stories about those who were already poor in the “best of times” have been few and far between.

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