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Bill Dealing With Sterilization Victims To Be Considered

Bill Dealing With Sterilization Victims To Be Considered

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Medicaid expansion will be the primary focus, but other measures will be on the table when state lawmakers return to Richmond next week. State Senator Tom Garrett (R-Louisa County) is among the sponsors of a bill that would compensate Virginia’s ten remaining victims of forced sterilization. Charlottesville native Carrie Buck symbolized the plight of more than 8000 Virginians who were forced to be sterilized. Buck’s family filed a lawsuit, but the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Virginia in a May 1927 decision. The Commonwealth adopted a law 90 years ago to prevent what its authors referred to as “genetically inferior” children. More recent evidence shows Buck and many other sterilized children did not have hereditary defects. The state erected an historical marker (pictured) in the 800-block of Preston Avenue that summarizes the Carrie Buck story. Governor McAuliffe has pledged to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

 

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