Thursday, May 31, 2012

Forced sterilization takes forefront in proposed bill, NC House committee OKs eugenics compensation plan

Forced sterilization takes forefront in proposed bill
Diane Turbyfill May 27, 2012

Men and women involuntarily sterilized in North Carolina took one step closer this week to being financially compensated by the state.

The General Assembly passed the first vote on a bill that would pay eugenics victims who were sterilized from 1929 to 1974 through a state program.

Rep. Larry Womble of Forsyth County has been at the forefront of a movement to recognize and apologize to people who were forced to have the procedure, often because of race or financial status....

North Carolina had a program in place that ordered specific candidates to be sterilized, but the procedures weren’t always performed under state order, according to Charmaine Fuller Cooper, director of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation.

Many doctors made it their job to pick and choose people to sterilize outside of the program. Those victims are not included in the legislation that could pay the forcefully sterilized $50,000 each.

NC House committee OKs eugenics compensation plan
May 29, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A bill to compensate people sterilized against their will through a state-sponsored program decades ago has cleared another North Carolina House committee, despite concerns from some Republicans about the plan's ultimate price tag.

The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday for the measure that would set aside $11 million next year to pay remaining survivors of North Carolina's eugenics program $50,000 each. The bill cleared two committees last week. Its next stop is the House floor.

Several thousand people between 1933 and 1974 received surgeries that left them unable to reproduce. Up to 2,000 may be alive, although a state foundation so far has confirmed 118 are still living.

Forced Sterilization Update for Victims in North Carolina
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Anderson uncovers the secret world of forced sterilization in this country and speaks with 82-year-old Charlie, who was forcibly sterilized at the age of 14 because his parents were alcoholics and he was in an orphanage.

CNN Senior Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen spoke to Charlie about the incident that robbed him of ever having children, and revealed that California politicians are unwilling to answer questions about what happened.

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