Eugenics Goes Before General Assembly For Second Year

Growing national attention to the 20th-century practice of forcibly sterilizing thousands of Americans has put new pressure on Virginia lawmakers to compensate survivors. The Virginia Eugenics Sterilization Act became law in March 1924. Advocates for people who were sterilized in Virginia are once again seeking compensation for surviving victims. State officials estimate that in Virginia alone nearly 7-thousand/five-hundred people were sterilized under the law, which remained on the books until 1979. At least half of those surgeries were performed in the 1940s and earlier at the Madison Heights facility, now known as Central Virginia Training Center. For a second time, legislation that would award each survivor $50,000 from state funds is being proposed– It will be considered in the upcoming General Assembly.

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