Hotline For People Forcibly Sterilized By State Of North Carolina

The North Carolina government has announced a hotline to "provide information and initiate the identification process for individuals who believe they were sterilized under the authority of the N.C. Eugenics Board program between 1929 and 1974."

The government reports "from 1929 until 1974, an estimated 7,600 North Carolinians, women and men, many of whom were poor, undereducated, institutionalized, sick or disabled, were sterilized by choice, force or coercion under the authorization of the North Carolina Eugenics Board program."

According to a news release, Gov. Bev Perdue established the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. In its last session, the North Carolina General Assembly provided funding for the Foundation to begin planning to carry out its mission to provide justice and compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized by the State of North Carolina. The Foundation will function as a clearinghouse to assist victims of the N.C. Eugenics Board program.

“The Foundation is here to help people who may have been sterilized under this program,” said Charmaine Fuller Cooper, Executive Director. “We understand that some people may not recall a lot of details, and others may be reluctant to share their experiences, but we encourage those with concerns to call us for more information.”

The number is 1-877-550-6013 or 919-807-4270. The hotline will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Below is the information from the North Carolina government (you can find a link below to more information):

"From 1929 until 1974, an estimated 7,600 North Carolinians, women and men, many of whom were poor, undereducated, institutionalized, sick or disabled, were sterilized by choice, force or coercion under the authorization of the North Carolina Eugenics Board program.

Gov. Bev Perdue established the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation to provide justice and compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized by the State of North Carolina. The Foundation will function as a clearinghouse to assist victims of the N.C. Eugenics Board program. Foundation staff also will support a separate Gubernatorial Task Force.

The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation is dedicated to providing information and assistance to affected individuals."


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  • by kaytlin on Nov 2, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Mentally retarded people have rights and sterilizing them revoked their rights. They have a voice and should have the same rights to make the same stupid decisions the rest of us have made. The state had no right to mass sterilize any group of people. I'd like to think that humanity has risen from such poor judgement calls but most of the posts show we have a long way to go. Do you really think physically harming someone will save your precious tax dollars? How do you choose who gets to keep their parts and who doesn't? Thanks to all you taxpayers for your welfare dollars when I needed it and I GOT TO KEEP MY PARTS! I have gladly paid my for many years since then and, even tho some take advantage, there are many who need it. Try fixing the system, not the mentally handicapped.
  • by TJ on Oct 28, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    I say it's a good thing that never should have been done away with! I'm personally fed up with the hordes of single mothers that keep having baby after baby and expect US to pay for them. It's bad enough our so-called "minorities" have this going on, but on top of that we have countless thousands of illegal aliens doing the same thing, all at the taxpayer's expense. Lest anyone call me a "racist", I've seen plenty of white folks doing likewise. Forced sterilization in cases such as these I've mentioned is a GREAT IDEA.
  • by anon on Oct 27, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    I'm a victim, you're a victim, we're all victims. I've had it.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    The overtly racist and classist comments are remarkable. Sterilization forced by the state is a crime against humanity. A human, regardless of their opinion on the welfare system, should be appalled at what has been done to an innocent group of people.
  • by ace Location: J ville on Oct 27, 2010 at 03:08 AM
    If you can't afford to have them, and you do, then this makes you an unfit parent. Tell me why I should help support continued birthing of these people. They should be put in jail .
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:57 PM
    Mary got it right... everyone else.. FAIL. Again, I'd like to know what the "by choice" individuals have to do with this. The statement just makes no sense.
  • by Justice on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM
    By choice, is one thing. In trade for being able to recieve welfare is one thing, still a choice. But by force without committing a(sex)crime, is totally incredible. We should be looking back to see WHO represented the state in those and who forced innocent people to partake in this. This could be anyone and everyone involved in this, from the legislature to the ones holding someone down. And AFTER we strip them of everything they own for this restitution, then see where we are in terms of todays tax dollars for compensation. Make the ones who did this responsible, not the taxpayers.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:30 PM
    Sterlization of people who continue to have children who can't afford them, depending upon the government for everything except air should be allowed. Their only opt out should be sterilization or lose all your benefits. I'm so tired of having to support people who do give a flip about anything except for having a good time with an entitlement attitude.
  • by Mary Location: Tarboro on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:08 PM
    I wish the news would tell the whole story. This happened in 33 states. Not only to African Americans, but the majority consisted of Native Americans and Mexican Americans. "to keep the breeding population pure." Look up Eugenics to learn more.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Oct 26, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    "by choice, force or coercion"....? Uhm.. what percentage of the 7,600 were only not by choice? What do the ones that were by choice have to do with this at all?
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