United States pay reparations up to $25,000 to victims of forced sterilisation

United States pay reparations up to $25,000  to victims of forced sterilisation

The California state within the us is about to pay reparations of up to $25,000 to the survivors of decades of horrific practice call 'eugenics'. The practice, which was prevalent from 1909-1979, the govt sterilised some people, mostly with mental disease or physical disability, whom it deemed unfit to possess children, consistent with press agency Associated Press. a number of the victims of this practice include people as young as 13-year-old, the AP report further said.

The supporters of the 'eugenics' believed the people with such "undesirable traits shouldn't have children" so as to enhance the humanity .

According to the Associated Press, quite 20,000 people were sterilised under this practice until the law was repealed in 1979. Notably, since the practice is so old, only a couple of hundred people could be alive by now.

The state has put aside $7.5 million for the reparations program, a part of its $262.6 billion budget that's awaiting governor Gavin Newsom’s signature.

California is that the third state within the US after Virginia and North Carolina to form compensation to the victims of the so-called "eugenics movement". along side this, the government can pay compensation to women who were sterilised within the prisons. Of which, some cases might be as recently as 2010, the press agency also reported.

Between 2005 to 2013, California sterilised a minimum of 144 women, it also reported. "We must address and face our horrific history”, said Lorena Garcia ZermeƱo, policy and communications coordinator for the advocacy group California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. “This isn’t something that just happened within the past".

It also reported that the state while all of the ladies signed consent forms, officials in 39 cases didn't do everything that was legally required to get their permission for the sterilisation.

The first eugenics sterilization law was introduced in Indiana state in 1907. Later, it expanded to 30 states. It reached California in 1909. it had been far and away the most important program, accounting for a few third of everyone sterilised within the us under those laws.

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