How Much Should Victims Who Were Forcibly Sterilized Be Paid?

A task force is planning to recommend how much North Carolina should pay victims of forced sterilization, which would make it the only state in the country to offer compensation for eugenics program victims.

Members of the Eugenics Compensation Task Force are expected to settle on a figure Tuesday to recommend to the Legislature, along with deciding who will be eligible for the money.

Figures of $20,000 to $50,000 per person have been discussed.

North Carolina sterilized more than 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974. The state has so far verified 48 victims, but thinks there are hundreds more still alive.

North Carolina is one of about a half dozen states to apologize for past eugenics programs, but it is alone in trying to compensate them.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM
    LOL at the Nazi's commenting on this story.
  • by citizen Location: greenville on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
    they should receive nothing. I am tired of financially supporting other families as well as my own. Think about the children who did not ask to be brought into a family that is 4 generations of welfare recipients. These children are seen as second class citizens and are "nurtured" to beleive that you do not have to work for anything but it is ok to take things from someone else who bust their hump to provide for their loved ones. These children run the streets robbing and killing in our own backyard right here in pitt county. Take a look around at how scary this place trully is.
  • by The Answer: on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    Nothing!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM in reply to The Answer:
      Why not?
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    I think that everyone here who is making the comments about how we should start sterilizing people again should read this web-site: http://againsttheirwill.journalnow.com/ It tells the real story of some of the people this was done to. The original idea of the eugenics program was to prevent the mentally handicapped from having children that they would be unable to care for, it also pretty much allowed for people who were in group homes or unable to take care of themselves to be raped and not become pregnant. In essence the idea was good, it would reduce the number of uncared for children. Unfortunately, even then our system was corrupt, and the term mental illness was never properly defined, therefore, this could have happened to anyone, and it did. It is a complete abomination. But what is worse is that it was swept under the rug like it never happened. That being said, I do not believe that the state should compensate these victims, I believe they are owed a very public apology, and that it is owed to the public to know the real story and not just some story defending it.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:26 PM in reply to Howdy
      If what you say is true, a lot of administrative people should be prosecuted. I never thought about that side of it. That's deplorable. If what you say happened, there truly is a segment of people who should not exist, simply based on their actions.
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        by Howdy on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:12 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        It is very true, go to the site I posted above and do some reading, it is heartbreaking what was done to some of these people. And their are plenty of other sites also, google Eugenics in the United States and see what comes up.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:29 PM in reply to Howdy
      Thank you for providing us with this. I think a lot of people are selfish hard hearted people who can't even show compassion about this.
  • by voter 1 Location: eastern nc on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    They should be paid nothing. At the time this was thought to be the best practice, but as time changed so did the practice and because of newer drugs the practice should have been done away with
  • by JASPER ROBERSON on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    witn please let the public know where to go to file a claim on this i myself is a 54 year old male who have never fathered a child would like to file a claim
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Since the state has deemed it important to identify the survivors of this practice, what about those that have already passed. What is their story. Name names of the deceased. I find it hard to fault the state for its actions when , at that period of time, it was common place to exert the common good at the expense of personal liberty. Publish all the information. The taxpayers should not be held liable for this just as much as they shouldn't reimburse for slavery or other "period norms" in the treatment of various classes of people.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 9, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    You people scare me... you want smaller government on one hand, but applaud them for crawling into people's bodies and mucking around with natural biological processes. This makes no sense. Sure, I'd love to see some folks sterilized, but the reality is, when the government takes that kind of control, you've crossed into very dangerous territory where little is left that they can't seize or force their will on. Taxpayers are responsible for the damages because the officials were elected by the taxpayers, WE HIRED THEM.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:14 PM in reply to laura
      Great post! Please continue to contribute because it seems the here in the ENC there is quiet a lot of bias.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 9, 2012 at 05:27 PM in reply to laura
      I was with you till the end; it's not the CURRENT Taxpayers' obligation to pay for decisions made decades ago; including many agendas. If that were feasible, every injustice mankind has ever suffered would be redeemable by a monetary pay-out; it isn't feasible; get over it.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 06:49 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        This is quite different. Some of the people effected by this program are still alive. And I honestly don't see how you can put a price on something like this.
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM in reply to
          And you're right; a price cannot be affixed to it, without opening the gates for everyone else to get paid for what happened to them, decades or centuries past. I sympathize totally, but where will it end, monetarily?
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          by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM in reply to
          If they're still alive why shouldn't they be compensated?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    They should be paid nothing. They were sterilized for a reason.
  • by greenville Location: greenville on Jan 9, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    Pay them? Not a bit. They should pay the taxpayers back for the procedure.
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