Over the past century, forced sterilization was practiced in many states. In North Carolina, authorities sterilized poor and disabled people into the 1970’s. Last week, the Foundation for Justice for Sterilization Victims in North Carolina gathered testimony from victims. A task force will soon decide on compensation for an estimated 7,600 people who lost the ability to have children. W.C. Lynch was sterilized by the state, and today he tells his story.