Lawmakers in Virginia have included $400,000 in their budget to pay restitution to those who were forcibly sterilized under a now defunct eugenics program.
Virginia forcibly sterilized thousands it deemed “feeble minded” or “undesirable” between 1924 and 1979.
In 1927 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in Buck vs. Bell. Then Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously stated, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
Lewis Reynolds who was among those sterilized, will receive $25,000.