Nightly News   |  January 10, 2012

Forced sterilization in North Carolina

A panel voted Tuesday to pay victims of a state program that sterilized more than 7,500 people. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>> news tonight about a scandal we first reported on rock center. it was about doctors and government officials in north carolina conspiring for over 40 years to sterilize thousands of women, men, even children. their way of weeding out people they considered at the time to be undesirable. north carolina ended the practice, but not until the late '70s, and just today, a task force there recommended that victims should be paid $50,000 each as compensation.