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NC lawmakers to ponder money for eugenics victims

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Legislative leaders from both political parties will discuss a bill that would provide compensation to victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program.

Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis will hold a news conference Thursday in Raleigh, along with GOP Rep. Paul Stam and two Democrats, Rep. Earline Parmon and Sen. Floyd McKissick.

A House finance committee is meeting Thursday to consider the bill, which would provide $50,000 to living victims of forced sterilization and some who have died. A similar bill is awaiting action in the Senate.

The Governor’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force also recommended $50,000 in compensation in January. It has reported that 1,500 to 2,000 of the victims may still be alive. The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation has verified 132 victims, of whom 118 are still living.

Credit: The Associated Press