An award-winning video featuring happy children with Down syndrome has been banned from French TV by France’s Conseil d’État (State Council) because it may offend post-abortive women.
The video in question, "Dear Future Mom," touchingly featured children with Down syndrome of various ages bonding with their respective parents, educating mothers that such children can live a happy life and that they need not be worried.
Apparently, that message packed a little too much "microaggression" for France's State Council, which determined the video would "trouble the conscience of women who had made different personal life choices in compliance with the law."
"The law stipulates that only advertising messages or ‘messages of general interest’ be shown during commercial breaks" they said in a statement on its website. "The Council determined that this film does not constitute a ‘message of general interest'" and will likely "disturb women who have had recourse to a medical termination of pregnancy and thus is inappropriate for airing during commercial breaks."
Current studies indicate that 80 percent of Down syndrome babies in France have their lives ended through abortion. "Dear Future Mom" was produced for World Down Syndrome Day in 2014 in an effort to quell fears about raising Down syndrome children.
Former president of the U.S. Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who grew up with a Down syndrome brother, said he felt "saddened but not surprised" to learn of the ban.
"This is a ‘must see’ piece that effectively counters many of the old and misguided stereotypes about people with Down Syndrome that continue to live in the imagination of so many," said Kurtz. "Tragically across the globe, it is estimated that up to 90 percent of pregnancies with a Down Syndrome diagnosis end in abortion. I encourage all families who have received this diagnosis for their unborn child to view this video."
A petition from the Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment has been circulating in an attempt to get the Council to reconsider their Orwellian position.
"The discriminatory ban of the video sends the message that people with Down syndrome are unwelcome in society," states the petition.