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Elaine Riddick was 13 years old when she got pregnant after being raped by a neighbor in Winfall, N. The state ordered that immediately after giving birth, she should be sterilized. Doctors cut and tied off her fallopian tubes. Riddick was never told what was happening.North Carolina woman fired after video of racist rant goes viral
North Carolina was one of 31 states to have a government run eugenics program. By the s, tens of thousands of Americans were sterilized as a result of these programs.
Eugenics was a scientific theory that grew in popularity during the s. Eugenicists believed that poverty, promiscuity and alcoholism were traits that were inherited. Hanes helped found the Human Betterment League which promoted the cause of eugenicists. It began as a way to control welfare spending on poor white women and men, but over time, North Carolina shifted focus, targeting more women and more blacks than whites. A third of the sterilizations performed in North Carolina were done on girls under the age of Some were as young as nine years old.
For the past eight years, North Carolina lawmakers have been working to find a way to compensate those involuntarily sterilized in the state between and During that time period, 7, people were sterilized in North Carolina. Of those who were sterilized, 85 percent of the victims were female and 40 percent were non-white.
Inthe state issued an apology to those who had been sterilized, but the victims have yet to receive any financial compensation, medical care or counseling from the state. Sincethree task forces have been created to determine a way to compensate the victims.
Officials estimate that as many as 2, victims are still alive. Riddick was one of several victims to speak at a public hearing this summer.
Only 48 victims have been matched with their records, something necessary for them to eventually be compensated. In August, a task force created by Gov. Perdue recommended that the victims be compensated, but they were unsure how much to award the victims. Riddick once sued North Carolina for a million dollars. Her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, but the court declined to hear the case. I want there to be completion. I want the whole discussion to end and there be action for these folks.
Perdue said. Her son is devoted to his mother and a successful entrepreneur. Facebook Twitter Instagram. Elaine is proud of her achievements. Posted in Blog.Black women Carolina girls
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Forced sterilization policies in the US targeted minorities and those with disabilities – and lasted into the 21st century