December 11, 2013
Victims of a North Carolina program that forced people to get sterilized are speaking out at a hearing.
The meeting began this morning in Raleigh to talk about compensation to those sterilized and their families.
The state-sponsored eugenics program ran for 45 years, ending in 1976.
It targeted the poor, sick and uneducated.
The state estimates about 76 hundred men and women were sterilized either by force, coercion or choice.
Governor Bev Perdue and state lawmakers have set up a foundation to help victims of the program.
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