Thalidomide Survivors Allege Minister Kent Hehr Made Insensitive Comments

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Thalidomide Survivors Allege Minister Kent Hehr Made Insensitive Comments

Fiona Sampson, Mary Ryder, Lee Ann Dalling and Alexandra Niblock, members of the Thalidomide Survivor Task Group, hold a news conference in Ottawa on December 5, 2017, calling on the federal government to provide more financial support. The group also alleges that Kent Kehr, the minister for persons with disabilities, made insensitive comments during an October meeting on compensation for survivors.

Thalidomide was prescribed in the late fifties and early sixties to treat morning sickness in pregnant women, but it caused birth defects such as missing or disfigured limbs and heart irregularities. (No interpretation)