Skip to comments.France Bans Smiling Down Syndrome Child From TV. The Reason Will Shock You.
Posted on 12/06/2016 2:39:32 PM PST by SeekAndFind
France has banned the faces of smiling children from television. Why?
Picture the face of a smiling child. What thoughts come to mind? Innocence? Joy? Love? What could be more beautiful?
The image of a smiling child should give us hope, should stir us should be a reminder that we're all made in the image of God. Even, and perhaps especially, the smile of a child with Down syndrome.
A couple of years ago, to mark World Down Syndrome Day, the Italian advocacy organization CoorDown released a touching video featuring children with Down syndrome. It's titled "Dear Future Mom." The video was created to address the fears of a pregnant woman who has just received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and does it ever!
It opens with a letter that CoorDown received from an expecting mother who's discovered her baby has Down syndrome.
"I'm scared," she wrote. What kind of life will my child have?"
Over the next two minutes, children with Down syndrome address us in different languages, smiling, and assuring the frightened mom-to-be that her child will be able to read and write, to go to school, to help Dad fix a bike . . . and to run to her, to hug her, to dance with her, and to tell her, "I love you."
Every word is true. Anyone who has rubbed shoulders with someone who has Down syndrome will tell you about the love, the openness, and the zest for life they bring to every situation. Their laughter and joy can be infectious. And as the deeply pro-abortion Huffington Post reports, studies in the U.K. and U.S. have shown that the vast majority of children with Down syndrome and their families live happy, fulfilled lives.
"Dear Future Mom" is a hope-filled message to a culture in which parents more and more obsesses over the physical perfection and earning potential of their children. Come to BreakPoint.org and we'll link you to the video so you can share it with others.
Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there. This positive portrayal of children with Down syndrome was too much for French authorities, who have banned "Dear Future Mom."
Why, you ask? Out of kindness at least that's what they say. According to Live Action News, earlier this month France's Counseil d'Etat, basically, the supreme court, upheld a lower court ban on the video as "inappropriate." How so? Because the video's portrayal of people with Down syndrome as happy and smiling was "likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal choices." Meaning, of course, they aborted their babies.
As Live Action News explains, "This ban, in its very essence, lends credence to the idea that the mere public presence of people with Down syndrome, happy and smiling and excited to be alive, could be considered potentially offensive."
The truly disturbing thing is what this politically correct censorship will do to children with Down syndrome. Right now in France, 86 percent of children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted hardly surprising, given that positive news and information about them are censored out of the public square.
As Amy Julia Becker notes in Christianity Today, culture can determine the fate of such children.
"The last thing a pregnant woman facing the likelihood of a baby with Down syndrome needs," she writes, "is to think that keeping that baby is an abnormal choice."
What could be more normal than welcoming into our lives people who differ from us in some ways but share our love of life, and most importantly, bear the unmistakable image of Love Himself?
The French people and the world need to see this video. Again, please come to BreakPoint.org to see "Dear Future Mom."
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What a lovely picture.
In those photos, I see fellow human beings.
How many women have inadvertently “deadened” their souls because they believed the lies about abortion - until it was too late?
Very sad. When I’ve been in France I’ve been amazed at how Catholics there revere their faith. That was one year before 9/11.
It heartens me that my local grocery stores in NJ always hire these amazing people. Maybe America is still holding on to the old traditions and respect for people not like ourselves?!
They need to cut to the chase — to Christ.
It didn’t even SAY “dear PAST mom...” and STILL the hard hearted ravens got all “liberal” and said no, no, no we can’t have that.
France is cruising for one horrible spiritual smackdown.
[France is cruising for one horrible spiritual smackdown.]
Well maybe, by the grace of God, just the perps of this travesty. Would a Le Pen presidency be able to do something about this?
Wow!! Is this real?
Perchance the murderers of the innocent SHOULD be offended?
FRANCE is doing no such thing. A large plurality of the French are very conservative - just like here. SOCIALISTS in France are doing this - and they are evil - just like socialists everywhere. Do they not realize they are NAZI’s?
What’s truly offensive is abortion.
Adorable pictures. We used to have a little boy w/ Down’s at our school. His mom would pick him up & I would chat w/ him. He was legally blind & he would grab my hand & stroke my jewelry & smile. He would also say, “Cry,” & I would laugh & tell him I was too happy to cry & then he would laugh. He was a complete delight!
So the current leadership, like ours, bows down in submission to their true love: militant fang-tooth man-hating feminazis.
Yes, of course, but that’s because you’re a human being.
Liberals, progressives, leftists, atheists and Moose Limbs see an imperfection and a burden.
The aforementioned types are fascists, corrupt and lacking human decency, and despite what they may call people like you, Trump and I, they are the true totalitarians and
no different than their heroes: Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and Castro.
(All of whom murdered those they believed to be imperfect or a blemish on their ideal of what a human being should act or how a human should appear.
Monsters, one and all.
A conservative contingent can’t of itself do that much, as long as there are dug-in lefties. Both are in holding patterns for their own interests.
A message that appeals to all of France is what is badly needed.
Poor baby! You made that little guy so real to me!
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