Canada as a model for sterilization compensation

Douglas Wahlsten has emailed to inform us of a publication in the Winston-Salem Journal on the story of Leilani Muir: the court battle (and victory) over wrongful sterilization, compensation, and the numerous cases that followed. Wahlsten explores these as a potential model to be used in cases of sterilization compensation in the United States, while also noting the recent promotion of the Canadian Eugenics’ past with the CURA funded Living Archives Project and the NFB documentary on the Leilani Muir case.

The award for sterilization followed existing rules in Alberta about an upper limit of damages for loss of the ability to have children from injury. Other jurisdictions may have another limit or even no limit at all. Consider the recent case of Evans vs Lorillard, where a man was awarded $152 million because the tobacco giant gave cigarettes to his mother when she was a child, and she became addicted and eventually died of lung cancer.

What would be the award if a woman lost her ability to have children because of a mistake during surgery or an auto accident? It seems this would be a reasonable standard for an award to victims of eugenic sterilization. To give them less implies they do not deserve the same respect as other people. Surely the amount should exceed the $20,000 proposed for victims of eugenics in North Carolina, because having children is a precious thing.

You can find the article here. 

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  1. If eugenics is alive and well, readers might also be concerned about the upcoming Tyler/Carter case being heard in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, November 14. The plaintiffs want to strike down Canada’s criminal code in order to permit euthanasia and assisted suicide. I personally have no doubt that the most vulnerable members of society are in ‘grave’ danger if this appeal is successful. Read for yourselves how these laws are unravelling in Switzerland (where the elderly Mrs. Carter was given a lethal injection of barbiturates), and in Oregon. Then decide how you would really feel if you or other family members were offered ‘death’ as a treatment option. I hope Canadians draw the line here, and do not follow this trend – like lemmings. Lets take the higher ground and show the world of what stuff we are made!

    (The “illusion of safeguards and controls” in assisted suicides. http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/WFive/20111014/w5-euthanasia-and-suicide-111015/#ixzz1bjBZK0Y5)

    (See also Toffler article: http://www.epcbc.ca/2011/09/what-people-mean-when-they-say-they.html)

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