NC House OKs compensation on forced sterilizations

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is moving closer to becoming the first state to compensate victims of its official forced-sterilization program.

The state House approved legislation Tuesday to compensate living survivors $50,000 each. The bill setting aside $11 million next heads to the Senate.

Between 1933 and 1974, several thousand people were ordered by a state panel to have surgeries that left them unable to reproduce. Up to 2,000 may be alive. The state has verified 132 victims, of whom 118 are still living.

House Speaker Thom Tillis took the unusual step of arguing in favor of the legislation. The Mecklenburg County Republican said as a conservative he feels it’s necessary to compensate people who were harmed by the power of the state.

Source: The Associated Press