North Carolina - Report Delivered on Eugenics Program - NYTimes.com
The report from a task force examining how to compensate thousands of North Carolinians who were sterilized against their will under a state program was delivered to Gov. Bev Perdue on Friday. The governor has said she will review the report, which suggests $50,000 per living victim and mental health services, and will make her recommendations to the legislature. The program, which ran from 1929 to 1974, was intended to reduce welfare rolls by preventing mostly poor, uneducated and sometimes mentally handicapped people from bearing children. About 7,600 people were deemed unfit to reproduce. The task force estimates that as many as 2,000 of them are still alive.