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State of NC To Pay $10 million To Women Who Were Victims of Forced Sterilization

images (3)By: Krystle Crossman

North Carolina lawmakers passed a budget on Wednesday for $10 million to compensate victims of sterilization in the state. From 1929 to 1974 thousands of men, women, and children were sterilized without their consent. This was a way for the state to try and control different traits from being passed on such as alcoholism, promiscuity, and poverty.

There have only been 48 people that have come forward in this case. The job of finding the other few thousand who are still believed to be alive falls on the shoulders of the North Carolina Institute for Sterilization Victims Foundation.

One of the survivors is named Elaine Riddick. She was r@ped when she was just 13 years old and became pregnant as a result. When she gave birth, she was sterilized. She has been a huge force and is trying to speak out for herself and the other survivors, and has tried to get compensation from the state for a while, but nothing ever seemed to work. She says she is amazed at what they are doing now, but money isn’t enough. Riddick says there is no amount of money that can take away the humiliation of someone stealing your ability to reproduce and castrating you.

This dark time in the state’s history is called eugenics. It is a social movement where the population is manipulated by only allowing people with certain genes to have the ability to reproduce while those with less than desirable genes are sterilized against their will. Some countries even participated in genocide as part of their practices along with forced births, and euthanasia. Some of these countries had racist elements as they were trying to keep it an Aryan race only.

It is a horrible practice and the victims in North Carolina will hopefully get a little peace from a settlement, however it will never give back what they lost or fix the emotional damage.

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17 Responses to State of NC To Pay $10 million To Women Who Were Victims of Forced Sterilization

  1. John H Taylor Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Why not men who was forced to have Sterilization being Paid?????I know someone who was and is still living

  2. John H Taylor Reply

    July 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Why not men who was forced to have Sterilization being Paid?????I know someone who was and is still living. I have said that however I need to know if the individual and what he has to do…

  3. Hiroader2 Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Is it me.., Or does the MATH sound wrong to anyone else?… From 1929-1974 thousands of men, women and children?… The litigation on the behalf of the victims sounds suspect ….

  4. Ann Garrett Reply

    July 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I hope that is 10M a piece, cannot believe this BS. They changed these women’s lives forever! Who the **** told them they could play God?

  5. Haile Reply

    July 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This is like the Tuskeegee Experimant.I hope that them Cocknockers continue to pay as long as their evil organisms are on the Earth.I cannot understand how they live with themselves doing such evil to innocent people, that they would not like for themselves or their families.But on the other hand if you understand the thinking of Psychopaths you will understand.South Carolina is right in the path where the slave ships traveled and North Carolina is where the civil war started.Imagine if they had won the war, it would be like imagining if Hitler had won the European so called World War.And some people say that they do not believe in a Great Force.

  6. Elizabeth H. Head Reply

    January 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I would like to know who to contact and how to contact them because I am one of the women that was sterilized in 1974.

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