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Enough Is Enough: Poor Women Are Not Having Babies for Money

When I was young, my mom was on welfare. She wasn’t unlike other moms on our South Los Angeles block: single, working multiple jobs, and doing her best to keep her head above water. She cared deeply for my brother, my sister, and me. We knew she did, because in order to make sure we had enough, my mom braved the stigma that—then and now—is tethered to receiving state benefits. Braving it is what poor people do. Read more…