North Carolina is likely to become the first state to compensate victims of forced sterilization programs. According to National Public Radio:
From 1929 to 1974, more than 7,600 people in North Carolina were surgically rendered unable to reproduce under state laws and practices that singled out epileptics and others considered mentally defective. Many were poor, black women deemed unfit to be parents.
Other victims of the program were sterilized for reasons that are unthinkable today:
People as young as 10 were sterilized, in some cases for not getting along with schoolmates or for being promiscuous. Although officials obtained consent from patients or their guardians, many did not...READ MORE