The Miami Herald has a great article that examines the causes of explosive growth in birth defects among the residents of Arroyo Barril. Arroyo Barril is a small town on the Samana peninsula. Women are having babies without organs and limbs, many towns people are ill. And cause could possibly some be toxic rock ash that was brought to the town from a company in Virginia and left in the town for years. One of the most amazing parts to the article is the talk of women who are pregnant and find out through tests that their children have no brains, or other organs. But, because abortion is illegal in the Dominican Republic these women must carry their babies to term.