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Lawmakers hold meeting on NC sterilization program

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Two North Carolina lawmakers will take questions about whether the state should compensate thousands of people it surgically stopped from having children, and if so who should collect and how much.

The Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives Thom Tillis and a Democratic lawmaker from Winston-Salem, Earline Parmon, will hold a town hall Wednesday in Charlotte to discuss a former state program that sterilized nearly 7,600 state residents over a 45-year period ending in 1974.

Some of the people were mentally ill, and most were classified as “feebleminded” for having a low IQ. All were considered not fit to bear children.

A task force appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue is recommending that the state pay $50,000 to the living victims.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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