Mexico anti-poverty fund draws line at 3 children
Mexico anti-poverty fund draws fire after chief draws line at 3 children
Associated Press
2014-05-06 03:01 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The head of Mexico's anti-poverty program is being criticized after warning Indian mothers that government aid programs would only help support their first three children.

Activists say the warning by Social Development Secretary Rosario Robles seemed insulting and aimed at punishing women who have more than three children.

The department Robles heads says the rules have been in place for years, and she was just stating longstanding policy to Huichol and Cora women last week.

A series of government food aid, scholarships and health assistance programs known broadly as "Opportunities" provide a maximum of about $210 per month to poor families.

One part of the aid package can be used for only three children.

But activist Regina Tames said Monday that the way Robles made the warning was threatening.

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