Save French television

down“Dear Future Mom” is among the most powerful little videos ever produced.

Fifteen young people with Down syndrome give a message of joy and hope in several languages.  The simply goal is to assure women expecting a baby with Down Syndrome that the future with that child can be beautiful, fulfilling, worth the hard work and sacrifice required.

I have watched the video over and over.  It brings a tear to my eye and (yes, it is true) makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

But apparently the impact in France is different.

The French government has banned the showing of the video on television.  The reason is so convoluted that it is difficult to explain, let alone understand – but let me try.

OK…you don’t want to show a video of happy down Down syndrome children because it would make women who aborted Down syndrome babies feel bad.

Scared of a happy child with Down syndrome?

Following this line of thought, I don’t think the French can put much of anything on television.

  • No normal, happy babies – that would make any woman who ever had an abortion feel bad.
  • No married couples – that would make divorced folks feel bad.
  • No soccer matches with fit athletes – that would make lazy slobs feel bad.
  • No shiny new cars – that would make drivers of 10-year-old cars feel bad.
  • No green lawns – that would make owners of weedy lawns feel bad.
  • No basketball or volleyball matched with tall players – that would make short people feel bad.
  • No beautiful actresses or handsome actors – they would make the rest of us feel bad.
  • No law-abiding citizens – they would make criminals feel bad.
  • No young people – they would make old people envious.
  • No old people – they might scare young people about what lies ahead.

In short, there isn’t anything you can put on French television that won’t hurt someone’s fragile sensitivities.  But the least hurtful certainly would be an inspiring video of young people living with Down syndrome.

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About Jim Fair

Jim Fair is director of communications and public relations for the North American Territory. He lives in the Chicago area and has a wonderful wife, son and daughter. He enjoys fishing and occasionally catches something. He tries to play the piano and sings a little. In addition to writing for Regnum Christi Live, he blogs at Laughing Catholic. And you can follow him on Twitter: Jim Fair (@fishfair).
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