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Has welfare policy in N.J. caused a rise in abortions?

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A research study concluded that New Jersey's policy of holding welfare benefits level when recipients have additional children has contributed to an increase in abortions, The New York Times reported Monday.

And critics of the policy say state officials, who commissioned the report, are now trying to play it down because they don't like the results.The $1 million study by Rutgers University was commissioned by the state Department of Human Services and the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Researchers were asked to examine the effects of New Jersey's "family cap," which was the first of its kind in the nation when it was enacted in 1992.