Reparations for Eugenics


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The state of California is setting aside almost $8 million in its eugenics reparation program as part of a package signed last week by Democrat governor Gavin Newsom. 

Kelli Dillon: “I have been intentionally sterilized, and I have been lied to.”


The Golden State joins North Carolina and Virginia in offering compensation to people who had been sterilized against their will in state eugenics programs in the 20th century.

Charlie Follett: “Then the next thing I heard was snip, snip. And that was it.”


In the early 20th century, over 30 states adopted laws that would lead to many thousands of forced sterilizations.

Niece of victim: “She wanted children, she loved children.”


They mainly targeted the poor, the disabled and the mentally ill.


In the 1930s, Nazi Germany began adopting a forced sterilization program, inspired by California. 

Christina Cogdell: “[Nazi] Germany used California’s program as its chief example that this was a working, successful policy.”


Critics of eugenics today claim Planned Parenthood continues the legacy of eugenics, placing some 80% of their abortion clinics within walking distance of Black and Latino neighborhoods. Further, an estimated 70% of Down syndrome babies have been murdered before birth in the United States.

Karen Gaffney: “And we have those who say we shouldn’t even be born at all.”


Some critics are calling these reparations too little, too late. Others are pointing to the blatant hypocrisy led by the abortion industry.

Karen Gaffney — the woman giving her TED Talk at the end of the report — is president of the nonprofit organization, the Karen Gaffney Foundation. It’s dedicated to championing the challenges of people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

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