N.C. considers compensating victims of eugenic sterilizations

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The N.C. House will again pursue legislation in 2013 to compensate state residents sterilized decades ago by a state-sanctioned board, House Speaker Thom Tillis says.

Tillis, the Mecklenburg County Republican expected to lead the 120-member House for two more years, said in an interview that the stripping of people’s ability to reproduce by the former N.C. Eugenics Board is akin to other “government takings,” such as people’s properties through eminent domain.

“To me, the Republican Party is all about opposing government takings,” said Tillis, who was outspoken in his support of payments for eugenics victims earlier this year. “I can’t imagine anything more demonstrative of an egregious government taking than one’s reproductive abilities.”

View the original article here: N.C. House will Consider Eugenics Payouts Again

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