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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — North carolina may not compensate victims of a forced sterilization program after all. Though a bill passed through the house last week, money for eugenics victims is not in the senate’s budget. By not including eugenics payouts in the senate’s budget, the $50,000 for victims may no longer be possible.
Elnora Mills was sterilized at age 16. She thinks it happened while in surgery to have her appendix removed. Two years later she found out. She had just married and was trying to have children, when a doctor told her. Now she’s 61, with no children and no grandchildren, just her loving husband by her side.
When she found out the senate had not included the compensation in its budget, Mills says she felt like the state has let her down once again.
“They don’t consider about us,” Mills says. “What they did to us, the state. They just don’t care.”
A task force has reported that up to 2,000 victims may still be alive in North Carolina.
Coming up on WWAY News Channel 3 at 11 p.m. we’ll hear more from Mills and her life long struggle as a victim of sterilization.