Unlike racial reparations programs under way in the state, this initiative is paying at least $15,000 to persons either sterilized during the so-called eugenics movement or sterilized in state prisons.
The eugenics movement, of which the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a major proponent, sought to sterilize by force or other means. In Sanger's own words, "morons, mental defectives, epileptics," along with criminals, the poor, illiterates, and the unemployed, were unfit to breed and should therefore be precluded from doing so.
This movement was widespread, especially popular in Britain as well as in Canada. In fact, Tommy Douglas, touted as the father of socialized medicine in Canada and dubbed "Greatest Canadian," once supported the sterilization of "mental defectives and those incurable diseased."
California had the largest forced sterilization program in the United States, beginning in 1909. It victimized over 20,000 people.
According to Paul Lombardo, a law professor at Georgia State University and eugenics expert, California's practice of ensuring "human improvement by better breeding" reportedly inspired similar practices in Nazi Germany.
"The promise of eugenics at the very earliest is: 'We could do away with all the state institutions — prisons, hospitals, asylums, orphanages,'" said Lombardo. "People who were in them just wouldn’t be born after awhile if you sterilized all of their parents."
Mary Franco was one such victim of this thinking. Franco was sterilized at the age of 13 in 1934, as she was deemed "feeble minded" and a sexual deviant.
Stacy Cordova, Franco's niece, indicated that contrary to the state's suspicions, she had in fact been molested by a neighbor. Ostensibly punished by ideologues for another person's crime, Franco was denied the ability to have and raise biological children — an injustice that ruined a marriage and left her utterly alone.
California approved its reparations program for forced sterilizations in 2021, after North Carolina and Virginia had similarly done so.
While 51 have since been approved, state officials denied 103 people reparations and are processing 153 others.
The California Victims’ Compensation Board, which oversees the program, recommends on its website that to demonstrate victimhood, applicants are to provide documentation of the claimant's sterilization; sterilization recommendation; surgical consent forms; relevant court or institutional records; and/or other pertinent documentation.
Lynda Gledhill, executive officer of the Compensation Board, told the Associated Press, "We try to find all the information we can and sometimes we just have to hope that somebody maybe can find more detailed information on their own. ... We’re just sometimes not able to verify what happened."
Gledhill added, "Nothing we can do can make up for what happened to them."
While the state is finally making amends for sterilizing people "who lived in state-run hospitals, homes and institutions through 1979," it has recently become a safe haven for doctors, activists, and others who confer on minors drugs previously used to sterilize pedophiles and other sex offenders.
Sanctuary state for sterilization
TheBlaze previously reported that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed into law a bill designating California a "sanctuary" for gender-dysphoric children and teens seeking so-called "gender-affirming care."
The bill, introduced by the leftist state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) — who also introduced a bill softening punishments on LGBT adults who commit sex crimes against minors — ensures that transsexual youths can receive hormone prescriptions, puberty blockers, and genital mutilations banned in other states.
The law also "prohibits the arrest or recognition of any demand for extradition of an individual that criminalizes allowing a person to receive or provide gender-affirming health care where that conduct would not be unlawful under California’s law."
A study published on Sept. 19 in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy indicated that puberty blockers, also known as luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists or GnRHa drugs, are not just creating sexless adults, although GnRHa is a drug "licensed to chemically castrate men." They are depleting victims' bone density; hampering their cognitive development; and producing a myriad of deleterious emotional effects.
According to the American College of Pediatricians, GnRHa agonists "arrest bone growth, decrease bone accretion, prevent the sex-steroid dependent organization and maturation of the adolescent brain, and inhibit fertility by preventing the development of gonadal tissue and mature gametes for the duration of treatment."
Not only is California protecting those who prescribe drugs that sterilize children whom Dr. Michael Biggs, a professor of sociology at the University of Oxford, claimed might have otherwise turned out to be sexually functional gays or lesbians, but it is also enabling clinicians and activists to endanger the lives of minors — kids who consequently may not live long enough to one day receive reparations.
The FDA noted that 6,379 people died between 2013 and June 2019 after taking the hormone blocker Lupron. There were also 41,213 adverse events and 25,645 "serious" reactions reported. Lupron is one of the drugs given to children diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
Just as Planned Parenthood was tied to eugenics in the 20th century, it is playing a leading role in the sterilization of children today.
Planned Parenthood is the second-largest provider of sterilizing hormones to transsexuals nationwide.