Eugenics

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Determining Who's Eligible For Eugenics Compensation

Credit Dave DeWitt

The public comment period on the procedure to determine who's eligible for the state's sterilization compensation program ends today.

State lawmakers included a measure in this year's budget that sets aside ten million dollars to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program, which ended in the 1970s.

Surviving victims must submit claims for compensation on or before June 30th of 2014. So far, the state has verified more than 175 survivors.

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Law
6:41 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Eugenics Compensation Part Of Gov. McCrory's Budget Proposal

Credit NC Dept. of Administration

Victims of North Carolina's discontinued eugenics program could get the compensation they've sought if Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal is accepted.  He's allocated $10 million in his spending plan to compensate past victims of forced sterilization.  The program ran from 1929 to 1974.  State researchers said during hearings in 2011 that there could be anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 victims still alive. 

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed May 23, 2012

House Committee Passes Eugenics Compensation Bill

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a eugenics compensation bill that would pay money to victims and the families.

Rep. Larry Womble: I'm beginning to see some light at the end of this long journey.

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Health
8:30 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Panel Recommends Compensation for Eugenics Survivors

A state task force is recommending $50,000 be given to every victim of North Carolina's eugenics program.

Listen to Jessica Jones's story on Morning Edition

Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Task Force Discusses Eugenics Compensation

A state panel charged with recommending compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program will try to come up with a specific lump sum at its next meeting. The Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force was scheduled to discuss a lump sum today, but did not come to a conclusion. One task force member suggested compensation of twenty thousand dollars, but victims who attended the meeting said that is not enough. Dr. Laura Gerald heads the group.

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Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Task Force: Eugenics Victims Should Get Paid

Victims of a forced sterilization program in North Carolina should receive compensatory damages, according to a preliminary report released today.

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Eugenics Victims Speak

Between 1933 and 1974, the state of North Carolina sterilized thousands of people in an effort to supposedly improve society. About 76-hundred men and women were lied to, coerced, or forced into medical procedures that left them unable to bear children, often when they were children themselves. This spring Governor Bev Perdue convened a task force to study the issue and determine how to compensate victims who are still living. That task force met in Raleigh yesterday to hear those victims’ stories.

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