One last push to compensate sterilization victims

Governor Perdue is in the midst of a hectic conclusion to her term, but the Winston-Salem Journal has a good suggestion for her “to do” list over the next few weeks. The paper, which has tirelessly championed the victims of the state’s tragic forced sterilization program of the mid-20th Century, is calling on the Guv to do the right thing for the victims prior to leaving office:

“Tis the season to be jolly for many North Carolinians, especially those lucky enough to have a job. But many of the victims of the state’s forced sterilization program live on in their own private hell, one compounded this year when their heightened hopes of finally being compensated were dashed in the state Senate. Gov. Bev Perdue fought for them, but she needs to fight harder before she leaves office in a few weeks.

She should quickly take decisive action. She should urge the state’s hospitals and charitable foundations, especially those that played a role in the program that sterilized more than 7,600 men, women and children from 1929 through 1974, to challenge the legislature with matching grants to make compensation happen as soon as the legislature returns to Raleigh in January.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

 

4 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    December 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Progressives are wanting the state to compensate people sterilized by the very programs that they advocated years ago. Progressive policies aren’t too good are they?

  2. Jack

    December 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Frank, your comment reveals your complete ignorance about the program and who all in NC and the wolrd was involved.

    However, if I were as ignorant as you I guess I would blame the conservatives since the eugenics program in NC was to contol cost and reduce services to people in need. A very conservative right wing idea in today’s world. Thom Tillis proposed the very essence of eugenics when he encouraged people to “… look down on their fellow human beings.” Looking down on others is the history of eugenics and slavery I might add.

  3. Frank Burns

    December 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Jack,
    You are the one who is mistaken. I refer you to the writings and advocacies of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood who supported these programs. Like other progressive social advocacies, they meant well but they rarely succeed.

  4. david esmay

    December 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Frank, how’s this, some strangers show up to your house, and based on 99.9% of the statements you make in public, take you from your home and remove your testes. Then let’s see glib you can be, shall we?