‘Tis the season to be jolly for many North Carolinians, especially those lucky enough to have a job. But many of the victims of the state’s forced sterilization program live on in their own private hell, one compounded this year when their heightened hopes of finally being compensated were dashed in the state Senate. Gov. Bev Perdue fought for them, but she needs to fight harder before she leaves office in a few weeks.
She should quickly take decisive action. She should urge the state’s hospitals and charitable foundations, especially those that played a role in the program that sterilized more than 7,600 men, women and children from 1929 through 1974, to challenge the legislature with matching grants to make compensation happen as soon as the legislature returns to Raleigh in January.