"$50,000 for what was taken away surely is not any award, that's outrageous," says Mark Bold of the Christian Law Institute.
And for many, this is about more than money. The original proposed compensation bill would also allow immediate family of deceased victims to see state records about their relatives - records that are presently sealed.
"My mom had a baby,” Ingram says. “Well she was pregnant and I don't know what happened to it. They didn’t tell us.”
The victims are now turning to the governor as a final hope and asking him to amend the budget to provide them a small measure of justice.
When asked what his plans are, Governor McAuliffe, the business man who wants to focus on jobs and the future, admits in this case, he'll have to address the past.
"It was just plain wrong and we need to do something about it," he says.
So far only 10 living sterilization victims have been positively identified, but that number has now dropped to nine. Raymond Bowen of Lynchburg passed away in mid-February never knowing if his home state would truly make amends for one of the most shameful chapters of its past.