The report called “North Carolina’s Forced-Sterilization Program: A Case for Compensating the Living Victims” was issued July 6 and authored by Daren Bakst, director of legal and regulatory studies for the John Locke Foundation, an independent, nonprofit think tank that describes itself as working “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” ...
In a few weeks, the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, a state office created by Perdue and funded by the General Assembly, is slated to present preliminary recommendations for ways to offer compensation. The office then is scheduled to issue a final report in February.
Meanwhile, N.C. House Bill 70, which passed a first reading in the House on Feb. 14, would mandate state payments of $20,000 to each surviving sterilization victim. House Minority Whip State Rep. Ray Rapp (D), who represents Haywood, Madison and Yancey counties, is a co-sponsor of the bill. ...
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