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Budget-writers fail to fund eugenics compensation, Sterilization Victims Foundation (Audio)

North Carolina eugenics victims, who had hoped this would finally be the year they would receive compensation, were denied again with the release of the state budget on Wednesday.

House and Senate budget writers ultimately did not include $10 million in the budget bill, which would have given $50,000 to each victim of North Carolina’s state-sponsored sterilization program.

Senate President Phil Berger told reporter Wednesday that there was no consensus on that provision in his chamber.

Senator Don East made that clear a week ago, when he said that he did not have anything to do with the program, and the state should not have to shoulder the burden now.

Rep. Earline Parmon, who has championed the eugenics bill for nearly a decade, believes the state still has a moral obligation to make amends to those it harmed.  Parmon joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to talk about the eugenics bill. (You can listen to a preview of that interview below.)

Also today the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation announced it was suspending the intake of new victim verification requests due to a lack of funding in the budget.

Foundation Executive Director Charmaine Fuller Cooper said the Foundation’s current operational funding is scheduled to expire on June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

To date, the Foundation has verified 146 living victims of the sterilization program in 57 counties.

Fuller Cooper and others who support compensation note that time is not on the side of the aging victims.

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