Reproductive rights: a brief history of poverty law: the deserving versus the undeserving poor. Law justifies existence of poverty by drawing distinction between deserving versus. Undeserving poor: deserving poor have been socially and legally constructed as being different/opposite of undeserving poor (dichotomy) Poverty law only concerned with unemployed (most poor people do work: the poor law (england, 1601) Laws came about as the economic system of england has been changing from a feudal economy to a capitalist economy. Feudal: system in which there are mutual relations and obligations between feudal lords and peasants. Advantages from anti-poverty perspective: poor were taken care of better in feudal place than homeless in toronto. Social structure started to crumble and poverty started to increase. [looked after in poor houses, orphanages, etc]), and those who could work but would not (idle poor, undeserving poor [whipped and publically shamed put in work houses]) Consolidation of several of these types of laws act of english parliament.