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The German manufacturer of a drug that caused thousands of babies to be born with defects issued an official apology 50 years after the drug was taken off the market. The chief executive of the company, Harald Stock, said the company wanted to apologize to mothers who took the drug in the 1950s and 60s, and to their children who suffered congenital birth defects as a result. He said the industry had learned a valuable lesson from the incident. As part of their statement, the company unveiled a bronze statue symbolizing a child born without arms or legs due to the effects of the drug Thalidomide. Though many victims are still pursuing legal action against the company, Stock said, "We ask for forgiveness that for nearly 50 years we didn't find a way of reaching out to you from human being to human being." We ask that you regard our long silence as a sign of the shock that your fate caused in us."

Drug manufacturer offers apology to victims – --Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Thalidomide maker ends 50 year silence with apology to victims, http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/thalidomide-maker-ends-50-year-silence-with-apology-to-victims-1.938979, Accessed September 1, 2012

Acts 17:30-31 (HCSB) (30) “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, (31) because He has set a day when He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”

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