NC Woman Sterilized by State After Being Deemed "Promiscuous"

 Absurd, illegal and immoral. Raw Story:

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?”

Evidently North Carolina is considering passing a law to award $20,000 to victims of sterilizations, but it's likely not to get passed. Meanwhile, over 60,000 women were sterilized in over half the states in the US "to keep down welfare costs." Inhumane. More at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 23, 2011, 8:30am

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