A French court recently banned a pro-life ad featuring children with Down syndrome, arguing that the ad could upset women who have had abortions.
The ad, entitled “Dear Future Mom,” was created in 2014 for World Down Syndrome Day. It addresses the concerns of a mother who has recently discovered that her unborn child has Down syndrome.
“Dear future mom,” the ad begins. “Don’t be afraid. Your child will be able to do many things.”
The ad illustrates things people with Down syndrome can do, such as hug and run and go to school.
“Sometimes, it will be difficult; very difficult; almost impossible, but isn’t it like that for all mothers?” the ad states. “Dear future mom, your child can be happy, just like I am — and you’ll be happy, too.”
According to Catholic News Agency, earlier this month, the French Council of State upheld a previous ban barring the ad from being shown on television. The court argued that the ad is “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.”
The Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment started a petition on Change.org urging the court to reconsider its desicion.
The petition argues that the ad has “received acceptance and acclaim worldwide” and has been viewed over seven million times on YouTube.
“The discriminatory ban of the video sends the message that people with Down syndrome are unwelcome in society and has impacted the Down syndrome community around the world who have seen it as a rejection of the effort to challenge negative stereotypes and societal prejudices and to assert the equal and inherent value of the lives of people with Down syndrome,” it states.
Studies estimate that a majority of pregnancies with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis end in abortion.
Catholic News Agency notes that a 2011 study found that 99 percent of people with Down syndrome say that they are happy with their life, a rate higher than that of the general public.
Watch the ad below: