Eugenics Compensation Fund Clears One Hurdle

A measure proposed in the House of Delegates Appropriation’s Committee on Sunday includes $500,000 for a eugenics compensation fund to pay scores of victims, who can prove they were sterilized at Virginia’s state hospitals and training centers such as CVTC in Madison Heights. At least four victims of forced sterilization from the Lynchburg area have appeared before the House Appropriations Committee the past two years. If the sterilization fund gains approval by the full General Assembly, it could provide benefits to 10 or more known survivors among the more than 7,000 people who lost their ability to have children during now-discredited eugenics program that took place from the late 1920s through the 1950s.

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