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North Carolina eugenics victims could get $50,000 each

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 6, 2012

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The surviving victims of North Carolina's eugenic sterilization program should receive $50,000 each in compensation, a task force appointed by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue recommended in January.

The panel estimates that 3,000 such victims survive, although a state official said only 72 have been located. About 7,600 North Carolinians deemed unfit to reproduce were forcibly sterilized between 1929 and 1974 during a "a shameful period in our history," the task force said in an August 2011 report (link).

The panel also favors establishing a pool to fund mental health services for state eugenics victims. A final report with the recommendations will go to the governor, who will pass on her proposal to the state's General Assembly for consideration.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/02/06/prbf0206.htm.

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