TRENTON, August 7, 2003 ( – The high court of the state of New Jersey has ruled that the state can legally continue do deny public benefits to women who have babies while on public assistance.  Since 1992, New Jersey has maintained a “family cap” policy, to prevent women from garnering an additional $64 per month in welfare by having another child. The policy resulted in 14,000 fewer births and 1,400 more abortions. Yet in the past decade, 20 states have followed New Jersey’s lead—even though a 1998 Rutgers University study found that the cap would likely increase the number of poor women having abortions.  “This case is not about a woman’s right to choose whether and when to have children, but rather about whether the state must subsidize that choice,” wrote Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz.  For New York Times coverage: