Rand Paul discusses cutting government help for unwed mothers who continue having kids

 

Lexington Herald-Leader

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul discussed the possibility of cutting government benefits for unwed mothers who have multiple children during a Lexington luncheon Thursday, though the potential Republican candidate for president in 2016 didn't directly endorse such a policy.

During a question-and-answer period following his remarks at a Commerce Lexington luncheon, Paul responded to a question about workforce development by including a warning about unwed young mothers doomed to poverty.

Although he said the job of preventing unplanned or unwanted pregnancies should be left to communities and families, Paul left open the possibility of a role for government.

"Maybe we have to say 'enough's enough, you shouldn't be having kids after a certain amount,'" Paul told the business group at one point. "I don't know how you do all that because then it's tough to tell a woman with four kids that she's got a fifth kid we're not going to give her anymore money."

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