Local eugenics victim speaks out

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Submitted: Thu, 01/31/2013 - 3:44am
Updated: Thu, 01/31/2013 - 1:17pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — They became unwilling victims after their home state deemed them unfit to reproduce. Now 39 years after the Eugenics program ended they are being given a voice inside of the state house.

“I can’t understand why did the state do what they did to us,” Elnora Mills said. “I don’t know why they did it to us.”

When Elnora Mills was 16, she says she went to the doctor for appendicitis, and while in surgery doctors performed a eugenics procedure on her. She was unaware that any such procedure had been performed until years later when she and her husband tried to have children.

“When I went to the OBG doctor and I told him we were trying to have children, he examined me and he told me I was sterilized,” she said.

Mills was devastated to find out that her dream of having children would never be realized. She says she often wonders how her life could have been different had this procedure not been forced on her.

“I would be happy,” Mills said. “I know I would have grandkids and kids, and so it’s lonesome.”

Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) tried to ease her suffering by sponsoring a bill that would give the Eugenics victims a settlement of $50,000, but Elnora says she is skeptical that she or any of the other victims will ever see a dime.

“As long as Thom Goolsby and Bill Rabon (in the Senate) do not pass this bill it’s going to go right back down the hill again,” Mills said. “In my opinion I think the state is waiting for us to go on and leave this earth because they won’t ever pay us.”


  • GuestTBagger says:

    The only point Erl has is the one on the tinfoil hat he wears. The first eugenics legislation passed in these United States was in 1909 in California (under a Republican governor). The Eugenics Board was enabled in NC in 1919 under a then serving Democratic governor.

    Eugenics was around decades before the Nazis were even on the political landscape.

  • Guest3130 says:

    So, what’s your point, exactly?? That now Republicans are unwilling to be a part of the resolution (as usual)? If so, then they’re just as complicit.

  • B M says:

    is there any noticeable difference between either party, whether it was then or now, their tactics and beliefs are basically one and the same.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    It was the Democrats who backed these procedures to begin with. Well actally, Nazis did it first. Democrats just picked up where they left off.

  • Berry says:

    Remember your government worships Lucifer this country is one nation under God, but which god. The satanists see Lucifer as God, so every thing they do religously justifies their evil agenda. Its just like a surgeon to play God, rather it was legal then or not he/she knew it was evil and didn’t have to proceed, but theirs that greed showing her ass again. And the time has come for sterilization to make a big come back, and who better to choose whos worth reproducing but the anit-Christ himself.
    And the Lord said “BE FRUITFUL”

  • maco man says:

    so if mrs mills is collecting from state now and here mama done this because she didnt think she was capable why should we have to pay she has already been taking care of by the state all her life..wway please do a good background check on mrs mills before you promote her

  • Country Girl says:

    I do wonder how many of these men and women who were sterilized have been receiving State and Federal benefits because they weren’t able to care for themselves? I do not codone what the State did to these people but I believe some families made the decision because they didn’t think their family members had the mental and/or physical capacity to raise a child.
    So, if, Ms. Mills, for instance has received State or Federal assistance because of a mental or physical disability (i.e. Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, Food Stamps, etc.), then I would think to be fair she would need to repay the State for such assistance out of any settlement she receives for her sterilization.

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