BRITAIN: The Thalidomide Affair

"Children who were robbed of the magic of their childhood by a man-made disaster are now approaching the highly sensitive and emotional years of adolescence without arms, without legs and, in some cases, without organs."

So cried British Labor M.P. Jack Ashley last month during a House of Commons debate on a subject that has roused his countrymen as few issues have done in recent years: compensation for some 400 children who were born deformed after their mothers took the tranquilizer thalidomide between 1958 and 1961. Belatedly awakened to the financial as well as the physical plight of the children, Britons...

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