The Corner

French State Council: Down Syndrome Video Might Upset Post-Abortive Mothers

On November 10, the French State Council ruled that a video featuring individuals with Down syndrome will not be permitted to air on French television because the smiles of the children in the feature would “disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices” — in other words, because seeing them happy would upset women who had aborted their Down syndrome children.

The council rejected an appeal by people with Down syndrome and their families, who asked the French government to lift the French Broadcasting Council’s ban on broadcasting the award-winning “Dear Future Mom” video:

The video, which was produced in 2014 for World Down Syndrome Day, features a number of young people with Down syndrome from around the world. Those interviewed speak in a variety of languages about being able to learn to write and to ride a bike, to hug their mothers and go to school, and to earn money to live on their own. These stories are meant to dispel stereotypes about the condition and depict the reality of living with Down syndrome: They, too, can have happy childhoods and grow up to lead meaningful, independent lives.

In France, 86 percent of babies who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted. In some countries around the world, that rate is as high as 90 percent. The video’s creators and participants, as well as people around the world who live with Down syndrome, hoped that it would reassure and comfort women whose unborn babies have been diagnosed with the condition. But now French women — and the rest of France — won’t be able to receive that message.

Most Popular

Energy & Environment

The Climate Trap for Democrats

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the ... Read More
Elections

Kamala Harris Runs for Queen

I’m going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats’ retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, ... Read More
Culture

What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett

It’s been a few weeks since March 26, when all charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and the actor declared that his version of events had been proven correct. How’s that going? Smollett’s celebrity defenders have gone quiet. His publicists and lawyers are dodging reporters. The @StandwithJussie ... Read More