At the library today I was flipping through Life Magazine's 70 Years of Extraordinary Photography and came across this photo. Here is the caption:
Some Japanese who resided in a fishing village called Minamata during the 1950's and '60s suddenly began to suffer from tremors and impaired sight and hearing. Soon many of them were dying from a mysterious ailment that translates as 'ouch-ouch' disease. It turned out that a chemical company called Chisso was dumping mercury into the coastal waters. Here, in 1971, Tomoko Uemura, who was poisoned in the womb and born blind,mute and mangled, is bathed with timeless tenderness by her mother."
W. Eugene Smith
Tell me again. Why is it okay to inject this neurotoxin into pregnant women and babies?