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Draft legislation compiled by a suprapartisan group of lawmakers to provide relief for people who were forcibly sterilized under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law falls short of holding the government responsible for their suffering.

More than 20 years after the law was amended to delete the discriminatory provision authorizing forced sterilization of people with mental disabilities, many of the victims and their relatives are aging, and most of the records of their sterilization surgeries are believed to have been lost. Prompt measures for relief of the victims, such as a lump sum payment being considered for the planned legislation, are needed. At the same time, identifying who was responsible for depriving them of the right to have children will also be important so that the nation doesn’t repeat the same kind of mistaken policy.

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