Virginia to compensate victims of state's forced sterilization program (+video) - CSMonitor.com
More than 7,000 Virginians involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act.
Advocates for the surviving victims won a three-year fight Thursday when the Virginia General Assembly budgeted $400,000 to compensate them at the rate of $25,000 each.
It's welcome news, Reynolds said.
"I think they done me wrong," he said. "I couldn't have a family like everybody else does. They took my rights away."
Eugenics is the now-discredited movement that sought to improve the genetic composition of humankind by preventing those considered "defective" from reproducing. Virginia's Sterilization Act became a model for similar legislation passed around the country and the world, including Nazi Germany. Nationwide, 65,000 Americans were sterilized in 33 states, including more than 20,000 in California alone, said Mark Bold, executive director of the Christian Law Institute, which has been advocating the cause of the Virginia victims since 2013.
Virginia lawmakers approved a measure Thursday to compensate people forcibly sterilized under a eugenics program that was in place for much of the 20th century.Virginia to compensate victims of forced sterilization under eugenics program | Daily Mail Online
More than 8,000 Virginians underwent procedures between the 1920s and 1970s as part of a movement that sought to improve the genetic makeup of humankind by preventing those considered "defective" from reproducing. Scientists have now discredited eugenics as a flawed theory that has been misused for political purposes.
Victims of forced sterilization program to receive compensation in Virginia - National News | Examiner.comVictims who were involuntarily sterilized by state officials more than 30 years ago will be compensated.More than 7,000 people were permanently made infertile between 1924 and 1979 under the Virginia Eugenical Sterilization Act.The Act was widely accepted at the time and was even said to have partly inspired Adolf Hitler to create a master race in Germany.But now the 11 victims who are still alive will receive $25,000 in compensation, Virginia General Assembly decided on Thursday.Eugenics sought to improve the genetic composition of humankind by preventing those considered 'defective' from reproducing.
It wasn’t long ago that forced sterilization programs were in place in the U.S. The American eugenics movement implemented them and over 30 states agreed to these practices. Hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were in some way disabled, ill or who belonged to “socially disadvantaged groups living on the margins of society” were sterilized.It’s an appalling record. The government policies are now recognized as abhorrent violations of human rights. Still, it wasn’t until recently that some of those who had been sterilized against their will received any sort of compensation. Virginia is in the news this week as one of the first states to compensate those on record who had been forcefully sterilized.Forced sterilizations in Virginia occurred legally between 1924 and 1979, reported the Associated Press Feb. 26. Now, the state will provide compensation for those who are still living today, allotting $25,000 to each of the surviving victims who were forced to be sterilized under the act.