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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The General Assembly is poised to vote on the proposed $21 billion state budget. This time around, the plan offers $10 million to compensate victims of the state’s forced sterilization program.

For victims of eugenics, the money has been a long time coming.

Elnora Mills grew up as an only child. She dreamed of one day having kids of her own, but her hopes were shattered.

At age 16, Mills went into surgery for appendicitis when doctors decided to sterilize her.

“It was a hurting feeling,” Mills said. “They just didn’t care at all.”

Robbed of her chance to have children, 46 years later that changing moment in her life still haunts her.

“It was not right,” Mills said. “They used me for a target. They shouldn’t have done that.”

Efforts to compensate victims of the eugenics program have bounced around in the state legislature. Last year, lawmakers decided to not include a payment to victims in the budget. But now, the victims have new hope, as the negotiated budget allocates a $10 million fund to be split among surviving victims. It’s expected to pass in the next day.

Although she’d be happy to finally get some compensation, for Mills, the money isn’t enough to repair the damage.

“They still took my life away from me where I wouldn’t have no children,” she said.

A group set up to help the victims estimated last year that up to 1,800 victims are still alive, though the identities of only 168 have been verified so far with available records.

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6 Comments on "Eugenics victim says payoff can’t fix what happened"

2015 years 8 months ago

What did their heirs have to do with it? You can’t sue them for something their parents did.

2015 years 8 months ago

it is absolutely wrong to expect the taxpayer to pay off these victims, we had nothing to do with their demise, go after the responsible party’s and or their heirs, we had nothing to do with these decisions on behalf of a few, if more people were held responsible for their actions this would be a much better world to live in, had this have happened in another country we would be hunting them down executing these people!

2015 years 8 months ago

The worst thing about this is that it wasn’t your mother. Too bad, because then we would not have to read your ignorant, racist BS all the time.

2015 years 8 months ago

It is “compensation”. It is also compensation using tax monies derived from people that had absolutely no part, in any sort, in this sterilization program that happened so many years back.

I don’t appreciate MY tax money being used in this manner any more than the rest of the taxpayers do, so if you “victims” don’t think it good enough, simply reject it, shut up and sit down!

2015 years 8 months ago

Two wrongs don’t make a right. The state was wrong to sterilize the people, and just like this lady said, money can’t fix it. Taking money from innocent taxpayers is not right either. There is no accountbility this way. Individuals need to be prosecuted and held accountable – not citizens, taxpayers. You’re just passing the buck. If you really wanted justice, you would not accept money and harming citizens. You would hold the rightful individuals responsible. Life is not fair, but why do you have to take it out on all of us taxpayers?

2015 years 8 months ago

If money isn’t enough to repair the damage, then why are you accepting it? Don’t give it to the people then. Put extensions back on unemployment for people who are looking for work and don’t give a penny to those who will never be satisfied.


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