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California to Compensate Survivors of Forced Sterilization

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The Associated Press reported on July 7 that the state of California will pay survivors of forced sterilization up to $25,000 each who were deemed unfit to have children.

Some of these people were as young as 13 years old at the time. “While California sterilized more than 20,000 people before its law was repealed in 1979, only a few hundred are still alive,” Associated Press journalist Adam Beam wrote. “The state has set aside $7.5 million for the reparations program, part of its $262.6 billion operating budget that is awaiting Gov.

Gavin Newsom’s signature.” California, like many states across the United States, sterilized people who they viewed as being unfit to have children in the rise of more visible acceptance of eugenics in the

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