French television officials rejected a touching video (below) about the abilities of children with Down syndrome last week because the children’s smiles might “disturb” women who had abortions, the Huffington Post reports.
The award-winning video from World Down Syndrome Day features several people with Down syndrome responding to a letter from a frightened woman whose unborn baby had just been diagnosed with the genetic disorder.
“I’m scared: what kind of life will my child have?” the woman wrote.
In response, the people living with Down syndrome explained what they can do: talk, read, write, go to school, get jobs, fix bicycles, live independently, and much more.
But on Nov. 10, the French State Counsel rejected the 2-minute ad as “inappropriate” for French television, according to the report. Their decision upheld a previous ruling by the French Broadcasting Counsel.
Renate Lindeman, a disability rights advocate with Downpride and Saving Down Syndrome wrote for the news outlet:
The State Counsel said that allowing people with Down syndrome to smile was “inappropriate” because people’s expression of happiness was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”.
So our kids, whom studies from the USA and the Netherlands have proven to be much happier than the cranky, sulky bunch who go trough life without Down syndrome, are banned from public television because their happy faces make post-abortion women feel uncomfortable. Women must continue to believe in the myth that society and medical professionals portray; that Down syndrome is a life of suffering, a burden to their family and society. Obviously, if the truth gets out that 99% of people with Down syndrome are happy with their lives, society may start to question the systematic screening and deliberate mass elimination*) under the pretense of health-care and women’s rights.
*) 96% of pregnancies that are diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted in France. Worldwide this number is estimated to be about 90%.
The Lejeune Foundation is challenging the decision to the European Court for Human Rights, according to the report.
A petition, organized by the Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment, also asks the French government to end the discriminatory ban on the video. Sign it here.
Lindeman, who has two children with Down syndrome, said he worries about the impact of the decision on children’s lives.
“What’s next? Will kids with Down syndrome be banned from school? Will they be segregated from society and placed in institutions like in the old days, because their presence upsets post-abortion parents?” Lindeman wrote.