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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Victims of a state-sponsored sterilization program and their family members are urging a governor-appointed task force to recommend financial compensation for the suffering they endured under North Carolina’s discontinued eugenics program.

Seventy-seven-year-old Willis Lynch told the task force Wednesday that he was sterilized at age 14 and has always regretted not being able to have children.

Others who spoke said the figure of $20,000 that’s been suggested as a potential compensation amount will not be adequate.

The task force is charged with recommending a plan to Gov. Bev Perdue for compensating sterilization victims. More than 7,000 residents of North Carolina were sterilized in a state-run program that continued into the 1970s.

The program was one of the longest running and most active in the United States.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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