NC Sterilization Victims To Tell Their Stories

Elaine Riddick was a frightened, pregnant 14-year-old when her illiterate grandmother put an "X" on a piece of paper from the North Carolina Eugenics Board.

That "X" meant Riddick, now living in Atlanta, was sterilized in 1968 through a state-sponsored program that claimed the reproductive rights of 7,600 mostly poor men and women between 1929 and 1974

To atone for the actions of the now-discredited state program, victims and their relatives are invited to Raleigh on June 22 to tell their stories to the Governor's Task Force on Compensation for Eugenics Victims.

Task Force Director Charmaine Fuller Cooper says the testimony will give panel members a better understanding of how the program hurt those sterilized and their families, including chronic medical problems, emotional trouble and failed relationships.

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  • by Tired of Handouts Location: Old school on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:14 PM
    Why dont you just print in a letter as to what to tell the panel so they can get compensated. Oh I think you did that in this news article. There is someone out there backing this which will be getting rich by backing this or by representing one of these so called victims. Go to work and earn a descent living and live within your means. If you want something work for it and it will mean alot more. I am sick of hearing about all the BS that come along about you hurt me and I cant work anymore so you need to support me. GET A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by ace Location: j ville on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Its amazing. Everytime something happens that a person does not like they say give them millions and billions. It all about money. Don't these idiots know that you and I will be paying the bill. The government does not get money from some magicial place.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    Why were these people sterilized?
  • by MoneyGrowsOnTrees on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    The taxpayers just can't win in NC. Go ahead and write a blank check and while you're at it, keep paying folks to reproduce. HOw many more teachers will be laid off yet Bev keeps finding things to fork out money to. What ever happened to Education first?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    Anybody who was steralized against their will should be allowed to bring the people who did it to them up on human rights violations. Procreation is one of, if not the most fundemental rights a person can have. To take it away from the unwilling is disgustion and disturbing beyond belief. These people should be paid billions.
  • by Brooke on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    This is a great idea! They should continue to sterilize people that can't afford more children.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    Already there are ignorant comments on this message board. If any of you had bothered to do the research, you would find that many of the people sterilized were done so against their will and some even without their knowledge. Also, not all girls, especially poor ones, become pregnant at 14 of their own free will. Many of the ones sterilized were done so after they had been RAPED by friends or family members. I am ashamed of the ignorant hatred spewed on this message board.
  • by Alverse Location: 27909 on Jun 6, 2011 at 12:49 AM
    Well the one son she had, went on to make millions in the Semiconductor industry in California. He now owns three businesses about 3 dozen various residential and commercial properties and drives around in $100k its safe to say that she did alright by the one the state allowed her to have. I saw their story on the Montel Williams show.
  • by Good Program on Jun 5, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Poor People don't deserve to have children. "If you can't feed them, don't breed them." Who can argue with that statement? If people were smart & could control themselves, we wouldn't ever have such a program.
  • by ace Location: j ville on Jun 5, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    Am I supposed to feel sorry when she was only 14 and expecting? How many would she have had if she were not serilized? Who was going to raise the kids? Who was going to feed, cloth, educate, and provde insurance?
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