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NC panel finds more sterilization victims

Posted October 18, 2012

— A state panel said Thursday that another 50 living victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program have been identified, bringing the total to 168.

The North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation has confirmed that another 18 people who have since died also were part of the eugenics program that operated between 1929 and 1974. More than 7,600 sterilization procedures were conducted in that period.

The state House voted in May to include money in the 2012-13 budget to pay each living victim $50,000 in compensation, but the Senate refused to agree to the move.

"We came so close to achieving compensation for those who were victimized by the state before the legislature refused to approve my budget recommendation," Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement Thursday. "We cannot stand idle on the sidelines while these aging citizens die without due compensation from what the state did to them.”

Sterilization victims have been found in 61 of the state's 100 counties, with the largest number, 24, in Lenoir County. Mecklenburg County at 15 and Wake County at 12 are the only others with more than 10 verified victims.

The proposed compensation program also would establish a permanent exhibit about the eugenics movement in the North Carolina Museum of History.

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  • makeadiff Oct 19, 1:54 p.m.

    My heart does go out to these victims. My family and I did not have anything to do with the sterilization program. Why are we being asked to pay for this? Don't give me the sins of the father stuff either. I know for a fact that my parents, grandparents, and their parents had nothing to do with it. My children definitely had no involvement. Also, how is money going to change anything.

  • Scubagirl Oct 19, 12:58 p.m.

    they need to quit looking.

    And to those who say folks had no idea, I think that some of them in fact did know what was going on-others no

  • beachboater Oct 19, 10:35 a.m.

    "If it had happened to YOU, I'm sure you would know the answer to that one. What many of you don't understand is that the parents of these kids had NO IDEA their kids were being mutilated like this. WHY? They were not told what was going to happen!" driverkid3

    Driver - Do you have a link to something that authoritatively states that parents had this done without knowledge of what was being done? I'd like to read it, but I don't know that it would change my feelings on this.

    If it had happened to me, I still don't know how you would put a value on sterilization. If it's a really big thing in your mind, I would think $50,000 wouldn't even approach the worth. In other cases, I really don't see any value.

    You and I would certainly hope that the government acted in good faith in doing these surgeries. If they were done in good faith, I am sorry it happened by force, but I still see no financial damage.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 19, 9:45 a.m.

    Just another way for the state to put out money for some polictical supporters. Our tax dollars will be paying this to the victim, to the committee over seeing this and now on top of that some kind of exhibit that 'll have to be maintained. Waste, pure waste.

  • driverkid3 Oct 19, 9:31 a.m.

    beachboater::::How can you come up with a value for sterilization anyway?

    If it had happened to YOU, I'm sure you would know the answer to that one. What many of you don't understand is that the parents of these kids had NO IDEA their kids were being mutilated like this. WHY? They were not told what was going to happen!

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Oct 19, 9:20 a.m.

    Republicans want people to take responsibility.

    I guess they really want *other* people to take responsibility.

  • WageSlave Oct 19, 8:32 a.m.

    More and more events like this come to the surface....and people still want big government to protect them?

  • beachboater Oct 18, 6:46 p.m.

    Good point Maybelle. This was something that happened many years ago. How can you come up with a value for sterilization anyway?

  • maybelle Oct 18, 5:56 p.m.

    Bad thing is a lot of parents had this done to their kids and not the state.How do you make the state pay for what the parents had done

  • tgiv Oct 18, 5:51 p.m.

    I wasn't part of the Revolutionary War either, but I accept the benefits of that previous action. The state should never have committed these vile acts. Then it should have come clean and offered this pathetic compensation decades ago. Now the Legislature wants to continue the stain by trying to wait until all of the victims die off. Classic.

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