The US Forcibly Sterilized 60,000 Americans

Between 1920 and 1970, the United States government forcibly sterilized 60,000 Americans because they were poor and/or people of color. The justification was that there would be future savings for welfare programs.

Elaine Riddick was 14 years old when she was raped. When she gave birth 9 months later, the government labeled her “promiscuous” and “feeble-minded” and had her sterilized.

Elaine Riddick, sterilization victim

Elaine Riddick speaks out.

From WCTV:

When Elaine Riddick gave birth to her son 43 years ago, doctors sterilized her on orders from the State of North Carolina.

“They cut me open like I was a hog,” says Elaine Riddick, a sterilization victim.

Riddick was only 14 at the time, a victim of rape. She didn’t realize until years later, when she was married, that she would never again have children. The state had deemed her too feeble-minded to have them.

“I am not feeble minded, I have never been feeble minded,” Riddick says.

…”The people who were the focus of this movement were the dispossessed of society, the poor, common criminals and in some cases, simply people of color,” says Paul Lombardo, Georgia State University.

It seems like somebody knew what they were doing was probably wrong…

Most of the sterilization laws, including North Carolina’s, were written to give states immunity from lawsuits.

-From CBS

LAND OF THE FREE HOME OF THE BRAVE!!!

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