The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expecting their third child in April 2018.
However, the pregnancy comes at time when the U.K. government has announced that child tax credits for poor families will no longer extend past the second child.
Struggling parents in the U.K. could once claim a maximum of £2,780 per child, per year. Now, the third and subsequent children will not gain these benefits.
According to The U.K. Daily Mirror, there are exceptions, including if the mother can prove the child was conceived “as a result of a sexual act which you didn’t or couldn’t consent to” or “at a time when you were in an abusive relationship, under ongoing control or coercion by the other parent of the child.”
Writing for The U.K. Independent, Glosswitch has made the argument that the government’s decision indicates it doesn’t think poor families have earned the “privilege” of having more than two children.
“One could argue it’s just an unhappy coincidence that the announcement of a third royal baby comes in the same year the Government deems third babies a luxury not every family has earned,” Glosswitch wrote.
“It’s more than that, though. The contrast lays bare the fundamentals of reproductive injustice: the fact that class, wealth and race control which groups are considered worthy of the privilege of reproduction.”
An article in The Conversation argues that this new policy could have unintended consequences, specifically a rise in abortions.
“Limiting financial support to two children could also result in an increase in the number of abortions. … If the choice is between increased poverty for their existing children or an abortion, then women may feel they have little choice but to opt for the latter,” the article says.
Amid the negative response from media outlets, many citizens have used Twitter to voice their displeasure with the policy.
Another family on state benefits wouldn't be able to access child tax credits unless the mum could prove she'd been raped #royalbaby
— sianushka (@sianushka) September 4, 2017
— 🇻🇳 Seán✌️🐝 (@ECO_Sean_UK) October 17, 2017
“#KensingtonPalace wonder how Kate and William will get round the 2 child limit for benefits 🙄 #AbolishTheMonarchy #Scroungers,” one user wrote.
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