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article imageVideo: Forced sterilization victims still seek justice in US

By Anne Sewell     Dec 11, 2012 in World
As part of a forced sterilization program in America, tens of thousands of young women were unable to have children. 70 years down the line these women are being considered for compensation.
At one time the eugenics program was promoted as the way to build a healthy nation. However, it is only recently that the traumatized victims of this program are being considered for compensation.
Under the program, young women who were poor or mentally disabled were considered not to be suitable to give birth to children.
In the video RT's Marina Portnaya interviews one of the victims, 84-year-old Virginia Brooks, whose life was changed by compulsory birth control. As a 14-year-old orphan, she was taken to a clinic for what was said to be an appendix removal, only to find out after the operation what had actually been done to her.
While she was able to later adopt a child, and then have grandchildren, she always regretted that she could not have a baby of her own.
The program is compared in the video to the practices of the Nazis during World War II.
Compensation of around $50,000 is planned to be paid to the victims of this eugenics program, but there is concern that this could spark a demand for compensation of other human right infringements, including slavery.
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