US state agrees to pay victims in forced sterilization suit

The US state of North Carolina has adopted a budget that includes $10m (£6.5m) to compensate victims of forced sterilisation. About 7,600 people were sterilised in North Carolina from 1929 to 1974. Many were poor black women.

Those sterilised were picked out for such reasons as being deemed promiscuous, or because they were unpopular with schoolmates. Some of the victims were as young as 10.

While many states had sterilisation plans targeted at “feeble-minded” people, North Carolina stands out for having widened its programme after World War II.

One of the most vocal victims of sterilisation, Elaine Riddick, from Atlanta, Georgia, says she was raped and then sterilised after giving birth to a son when she was 14.

“You can’t put a price on someone taking your womb or castrating you, it’s humiliating,”

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