A few weeks ago, we shared a story from the New York Times about forced sterilizations in North Carolina from the 1920s to the 1970s as a welfare reform tactic and public health intervention.
On January 10, a task force for the issue settled on an amount that the state of North Carolina will pay to survivors of forced sterilization programs: $50,000. While some are elated about the news, others believe the state is providing too little and too late for a lifetime of pain and suffering:
“They took away something from me that was so valuable that I can never get back,” says 58-year-old Elaine Riddick of Atlanta, GA. Riddick was sterilized after a rape and subsequent pregnancy in her early teens. She had hoped for $1 million.
Check out the full story here. It will be interesting to see if other states with similar forced sterilization histories follow through on restitution as public health ethics becomes a more debated topic.