June 22nd, 2011
07:51 PM ET

North Carolina hearing explores forced sterilization history

"A social worker convinced my mom to sign for me to undergo an operation that would prevent me from getting pregnant, not knowing all the while that I was being set up to be sterilized like I was some kind of animal."

Deborah Chesson spoke through tears Wednesday as she addressed a North Carolina task force on behalf of her mother.

Dozens of North Carolina citizens spoke at the public hearing against the state's five-decade forced sterilization program.

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  1. CSnSC

    No regrets

    June 23, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That's a wise form of birth control.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Danielle

    American Indian women have been sterilizde by govt hopitals for years!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NCresident

    NC has a really dark past but will deny it to the end. Look at what is going on with the school system in Charlotte. Charlotte and the surrounding areas have change for the worst. They constantly try to get rid of the past and people. They do not preserve history they try and erase it.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NCresident

    NC also has alot of problems with the police shooting teenagers. The cops down there answer to no one, they are renegades.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RagingSemi

    Sterilizations a bit much, but how about mandatory tube ties for welfare applicants. I think thats a fair trade for living off of my paycheck.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Can tube tying be undone? Not everyone on welfare is there for the long haul.. Maybe norplant instead? I think that's what it's called..

      June 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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