Sterilization Survivors

Carrie & Emma Buck at the Virginia Colony

A new effort is under way to persuade Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly to authorize state compensation for survivors of Virginia’s 1924 forced sterilization law, which was used through 1979.  Arlington Delegate Patrick Hope announced the initiative 85 years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state law, which became a model for other states under the eugenics movement of that era.  And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the search is on to find victims who may still be alive.

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