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Update on Forced Sterilization in NC


Update on Forced Sterilization and Eugenics in North Carolina North Carolina is on the verge of becoming the first state in the nation to financially compensate victims of state-sponsored sterilization. More than half of states in the US had eugenics programs, but North Carolina's lasted into the mid-70s. The details of this dark chapter in our history were rarely discussed until a decade ago when reporters at the Winston Salem Journal uncovered long-forgotten documents and published an explosive series that shocked readers and state officials alike. We'll meet the authors of that series, along with a victim of the program and one lawmaker who is working to make sure the victims are compensated. Victims needing assistance can reach the Sterilization Victims Foundation through: toll-free hotline number 1-877-550-6013 and website sterilizationvictims.nc.gov Guests Scott Sexton - Columnist at the Winston-Salem Journal John Railey - Editorial Page Editor of the Winston-Salem Journal and co-author of Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program Elaine Riddick - Victim of the North Carolina Eugenics Program, who was sterilized at the age of 14 Rep. Thom Tillis - Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Credit: American Philosophical Society. The American Eugenics Society promoted ideas of racial betterment and genetic education through public lectures, conferences, publications and exhibits at county and state fairs - like this chart labeled The Triangle of Life from the Kansas Free Fair. See more photos from the early Eugenics movement. Charlotte Talks Eugenics and Sterilization in North Carolina (August 2011) WFAE Uncovering The Past: Mecklenburg's Role In Sterilizations Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program