House Speaker Pressing For Eugenics Payments

A top leader at the North Carolina General Assembly wants to form a committee to help figure out how to pay victims of a state program that forced thousands of people to undergo sterilizations.

A spokesman for Speaker Thom Tillis confirmed Friday the Mecklenburg County Republican wants a special legislative panel created so legislation can be considered during the work session that begins next May.

Tillis told The Charlotte Observer a lot of work would have to be done before then for the compensation issue to be considered. A state task force already is looking at the issue.

The state Eugenics Board authorized sterilizing about 7,600 North Carolinians deemed unfit to have children between 1929 and 1974.

Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw said the committee's makeup has not been settled.

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  • by Anonymous Location: hertford on Oct 28, 2011 at 03:56 PM
    If they are owed anything money, then the first thing that should happen is anyone who was or has been on public assistance should have to pay back the taxpayers for that assistance before they received any money. Most of them probably would have been on public assistance a long with any other children that they had.
  • by joy Location: martin county on Oct 28, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    say I'm sorry. what a dumb idea. maybe they had many many reasons, and they were actually the right ones.
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      by Right Then, Wrong Now on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:49 PM in reply to joy
      We don't owe them anything. You might as well be talking about repairations for slavery. Utter nonsense.
  • by m on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    What another hand out? It was acceptable then, send them a i am sorry card and STOP wasting our money.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    What most people do not realize is that the eugenics programs were a result of a thought process by many people including Margaret Sanger. She was the one that started Planned Parenthood with the goal of eliminating "poor" genetics which in her mind was black babies. Planned Parenthood being the darling of the democratic party. The state mandated eugenics programs were all started by.....the democrat party. Gun laws were first introduced to keep blacks from buying guns. They were instituted by....the democrat party.
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      by Wow! on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:46 PM in reply to Dave
      So, I'm an old time Democrat? Who'd have thought?
  • by B Location: Gville on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    They should restart this program. You want to go on welfare... then no more kids.
  • by Mortie Location: Paradise on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    It won't come from the Emergency Relief Fund. Bev's already plundered that away.
  • by Bubba on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    Instead of figuring out payments for past participants they need to figure out how to restart the Eugenics program. There are more people now than ever that have no business having children that they can not and will not take care of. They are not responsible for their own well being much less their offspring.
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      by Yup! on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:45 PM in reply to Bubba
      Our society has degraded to this point. What will it take to bring us back. I miss Mayberry...don't you? I'd even put up with Barney Fife if it meant no more gangs.
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    They should still have this policy in place today. Why do I have to pay someone because they didnt get to have children...oh boo hoo. Its the end of the world because I couldnt have a child. Who cares!
  • by rapper Location: snow hill on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    Don't be so generous with the tax payer's money Mr.Politician. What you could do is get some money from hte NC Lottery since the fools gamble it away anyway !!
  • by Old man Location: Snow Hill on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    Where will this money come from?
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      by m on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to Old man
      our tax dollars, I am sure.
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      by Wharf Rat on Oct 28, 2011 at 01:04 PM in reply to Old man
      Most likely the same place it always comes from, your pocket and mine.

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