Lawmakers should not forget their obligation to fund existing mental health programs.
From 1924 to 1979, Virginia forcibly sterilized about 8,000 men and women because they were mentally ill, intellectually disabled or were otherwise deemed to be substandard human beings.
Gov. Mark Warner issued a formal apology on behalf of the state a decade ago. Arlington Del. Patrick Hope believes more is needed. He held a news conference this week in Richmond calling for a “symbolic payment.” Hope did not define that term, nor did he offer ideas on how to identify victims or operate a reparations program. He acknowledged his proposal may not yet be ready for legislation next year.