Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is vowing to work to compensate Virginia’s forced sterilization victims in 2014.
“Obviously this is a very serious issue,” he says when asked by reporter A.J. Lagoe of WRIC regarding what he plans to do to right a century-old wrong. “I plan on working to see what we can. We’re beginning the discussions now.”
When asked what his plans are, Governor McAuliffe, the business man who wants to focus on jobs and the future, admits in this case, he’ll have to address the past.
“It was just plain wrong and we need to do something about it,” he says.
So far only ten living sterilization victims have been positively identified, but that number has now dropped to nine. Raymond Bowen of Lynchburg passed away in mid-February never knowing if his home state would truly make amends for one of the most shameful chapters of its past.
Source: WRIC – Richmond