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Maine News Online: Virginia to Compensate forcibly sterilized People Print


Created:  Friday, February 27, 2015


According to reports, Virginia will pay compensation to survivors of a forced sterilization programme. Those people were forcibly sterilized by authorities several years ago. Now, the lawmakers will have to pay about $25,000 each in compensation to those survivors.

As per reports, more than 8,000 people were sterilized from mid-1920s to the mid-1970s, when the programme officially ended.

Today, only 11 victims who went sterilization are alive. Delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat from northern Virginia's Arlington County, said, "I think it is a recognition when we do something wrong we need to fix it as a government. Now we can close this final chapter and healing can begin".

Hope also said that the amount of $25,000 each will be given to victims and if other sterilization victims came forward, they will also be compensated. According to him, the programme was used by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

As per the reports, state in the Southeastern United States North Carolina was the first to compensate victims who were forcefully sterilized. The state had set aside $10 million as compensation in 2013. According to a North Carolina task force, at one time, over 30 states of the country had forcible sterilization programmes. Those programmes were used during the 1930s, and most of them were stopped after World War II.

After a long legal fight by campaigners, now the lawmakers have decided to pay $25,000 to every victim of the programme. The budget and compensation proposal was handed over to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration. McAuliffe said that he would review it. About two years ago, Mark Warner, senior United States Senator from Virginia, had publicly eugenics programme.

Several nations had practiced forced sterilization during the 20th century, including Japan, Sweden and Canada.