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NC woman sterilized because state deemed her ‘promiscuous’

• David Edwards via RawStory.com

The day that Elaine Riddick had her first and only child, the state of North Carolina had her sterilized on the orders of a court. Riddick had been raped but the state said she was promiscuous.

“They said that I was feeble-minded, they said that I was promiscuous,” Riddick told CBS News. “I’ve always been able to take care of myself – I’ve never been promiscuous.”

“So how can people use these things to describe a child that had been abandoned? Or that had been raped by the neighbor and then again, raped by the state of North Carolina?”

North Carolina is the first state to consider a $20,000 payment to victims of sterilizations, but it is doubtful that the Republican-controlled legislature will set aside the necessary funds.

 

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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This is not contemporary.  But it is illuminating for people who grew up after this practice had been halted by the courts.  

This is part of the Eugenics movement that took hold in our nation at the beginning of the 20th Century.  There are still plenty of people today who would support mandatory, forced sterilization of "feeble minded," criminals, "inferior races," promiscuous, anti-social behaviors, members of certain groups, . . .  you name it. 

 We're culling the herd to produce a superior race . . . as long as the culling don't include us.  Which it eventually does. . . for the good of us all of course.

Comment by Joe Tittiger
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I think justice demands the castration of the judge that commited this autrocity.

It's not hard to do (hint hint hint) practice on a steer or two and then have a go at it.....


 

Comment by Joe Tittiger
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I think justice demands the castration of the judge that commited this autrocity.

It's not hard to do (hint hint hint) practice on a steer or two and then have a go at it.....



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