Letter to the Editor

Make amends for sterilization

I am appalled that my commonwealth would hesitate for one minute to provide recompense to individuals sterilized without their consent [“Sometimes, sorry may not be enough,” Metro, Jan. 31].

These sterilizations, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling notwithstanding, were so reminiscent of Nazi Germany as to make my skin crawl. Virginia legislators who balk at the modest payments proposed for the victims ought to ask themselves one question: How much would they sue for if they went in for appendectomies and came out sterilized? I’d bet it would be more than $50,000.

I hope and trust that they will quickly come to their senses.

James T. Currie, Alexandria

 
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