North Carolina officials have mailed paperwork to 800 people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state’s forced sterilization so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund.
The foundation that developed a plan to compensate victims of forced sterilization is reporting an increase in the number of verified victims of North Carolina’s old eugenics program.
Q: WHAT HAPPENED IN NORTH CAROLINA?
A: Under the state’s eugenics program, which began in 1929, more than 7,600 people underwent sterilizations. Some procedures were forced to weed out the “feebleminded” while others were a voluntary form of birth control. Up to 1,800 people who were sterilized in North Carolina may be alive. The state has verified 146 living victims.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A House committee has overwhelmingly approved a bill to provide compensation for victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program after hearing a heartfelt plea from the legislator who led the fight for more than a decade.