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Smiling children video banned in France


A pregnant mother discovered her future son would have Down syndrome. She sent an email to CoorDown, an Italian organization that advocates for children with Down syndrome, looking for help with the anxiety she felt.

“I’m scared,” she wrote. What kind of life will my child have?”

Thier response was to produce a two minute video. In the video fifteen people with Down syndrome tell her that her son will be able to:

  • Go to school
  • Fix a bike
  • Run to you
  • Hug you
  • Love you

They also say that, "Sometimes it will be difficult. Very difficult. Almost impossible. But isn’t it like that for all mothers?"

“Dear Future Mom” has received international acclaim. It has been seen by more than 7 million of viewers around the world, and the theme of the video is “everyone has a right to be happy.”

But, according to Live Action News, the message is considered offensive in France — so offensive, in fact, that the video has been banned from airing on French television.

On November 10th, France’s Counseil d’Etat rejected an appeal to lift the ban on the “Dear Future Mom” video, according to Live Action News. The ban was originally instituted by the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel, and was upheld because the video was deemed “inappropriate.” Why? Because the people with Down syndrome in the video, along with their families, were happy and smiling, and this was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.”

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Down syndrome, LIve Action News


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