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Censorship of happy Down syndrome children

The French state tries to hide guilt of aborting disabled babies

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Published: 24 January 2017 (GMT+10)

The atheistic French state has recently plumbed the depths of despotic censorship in deciding to label a short pro-life film as inappropriate during advertisements, in effect banning it from French television. The film, called Dear Future Mom, was produced for World Down syndrome day in 2014 and shows people with Down syndrome smiling while explaining to and reassuring a worried pregnant mother that they have happy lives.

The film was originally labelled as inappropriate for inclusion in advertisements on television by the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (French Broadcasting Council) on 25th June 2014, after which a court appeal was launched to have the label removed. The French court considering the case, the Conseil d’État (Council of State), have now given a ruling1 upholding the label stating again that it was “inappropriate” as it was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who, in accordance with the law, had made different personal life choices.”2

Disturbing the conscience?

Regardless of French or any other nations’ man-made law that has legalized abortion, the reason that it disturbs people’s consciences, is that abortion contradicts God’s law (Exodus 20:13). When confronted by their sin they know that it violates the divine order instituted by God in His creation—the sanctity of life. Seeing the smiles on the faces of those who participated in the film, while looking into their eyes, only serves to re-inforce their undeniable evident humanity. A humanity that all too many have slaughtered in their wombs just because they may have Down syndrome.

That full humanity was recognized in a response to the decision by the Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment who stated, “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.”3 In a western world which espouses a hedonistic self-serving evolutionary philosophy even the language of equality, a potent force nowadays, has largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because it tries to speak to people who do not have a Biblically based understanding of the true equality given to humanity by God in their creation—all being image bearers of God (Genesis 1:27).

Not image bearers = Not truly equal

The reality is that abortion only happens when a woman is pregnant. What does being pregnant actually mean? – having a child developing in the body. Whether that child has a disability such as Down syndrome, or not, it is still a child in the womb, not just a group of cells, or some evolutionary recapitulation, but a real and genetically distinct person. So abortion very simply is the destruction of that child, another person, in the womb.

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Kerry Able (centre), Chair of Abortion Rights speaking on Sky News. 

Speaking about women in the U.K., Kerry Able, Chair of Abortion Rights, admitted that, “More than 50% of women who have abortions now already have a child, so they know exactly what they are doing.”4 That admission should be quite startling, but because the child in the womb is no longer seen as an image bearer, which gives us all the same intrinsic value, their humanity is not seen as equal to the woman’s whose ‘rights and equality’ trump those of the child’s in their womb. As anyone who has studied history will observe when one group of people assert a higher value upon themselves than another group it does not end up well for those people. In this case, it is the unborn who are suffering their silent genocide—with more than 300 million aborted worldwide in the past 40 years. In countries where abortion is not on demand, and equality in some form is still present, there are actually vile people who shout and hold up placards demanding the murder of the young in the womb right up to their birth. It’s interesting how those same people would not advocate their own violent murder if somebody else felt it was their right, showing the total inconsistency in their principles.

France didn’t stop there

France, in their continuing onslaught of censorship to stop people from telling the truth about the horrors and reality of abortion, in December 2016 passed a bill which could ban pro-life websites. The “Digital Interference” Bill, which was approved by the French Senate by 173-126 votes, after just one day of debate, seeks to make illegal websites which ”deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion.” Evidently, “mislead” is code language for “tell the truth about the humanity of the unborn”. If the bill becomes law, then people who violate it would face up to two years in prison and €30,000 in fines.5

Censoring the film won’t stop God’s judgment

It’s sometimes hard to believe that not only is there a real viable conversation actually being held about doctors murdering babies in their mother’s wombs, yet it is actually happening thousands of times over every day in countries all around the world. Massacring God’s image is a very real rebellion against the creator God.

The labelling and effective ban of this film in France is akin to putting people with Down syndrome behind closed doors because their presence confronts society with the reality of their systematic eradication through abortion.6 Rather than being labelled as inappropriate, this loving, educational and informative film is the kind that expectant mothers of a Down syndrome child need to see.

There is a higher law decreed by God than those made by man, and breaching that higher law will disturb the conscience of those who do so. Banning the film may try to make those who have murdered their child ‘legally’ feel less guilty, but they stand no less guilty before God. The good news though is that forgiveness and healing from the sin of abortion can be found in the person of Jesus Christ. France like many other nations has rejected its Christian heritage along with an understanding of Biblical History. This rejection opens the way for such radically warped thinking. Only by the salvation and freedom found in the Gospel, leading to the restoration of an understanding of Biblical history, can the problem of abortion truly be dealt with.

Forgiveness and peace found in Jesus

The Bible is clear, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but the good news is that it goes on to say that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). While an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy can be a stressful situation for a mother (and father), abortion is not the ‘easy way out’ and those involved in the abortion of the child can suffer for years afterwards with guilt, feelings of unworthiness and even self-harm. The sin of abortion can only be dealt with through the person of Jesus Christ, and with his forgiveness comes healing. If you are struggling with this issue we would encourage you to seek Christian counselling services on this matter.

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References and notes

  1. Conseil d'État, Ariane Web: Conseil d'État 384691, lecture du 10 novembre 2016, ECLI:FR:CECHR:2016:384691.20161110, conseil-etat.fr, 10 November 2016. Return to text.
  2. Ref. 1. Conclusion 10. Translation based on Google Translate from “susceptible de troubler en conscience des femmes qui, dans le respect de la loi, avaient fait des choix de vie personnelle différents”. Return to text.
  3. The Global Alliance for Disability in Media and Entertainment, FRANCE - END DISCRIMINATORY BAN ON DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS VIDEO, change.org, November 2016. Return to text.
  4. Kerry Abel, Chair of Abortion Rights, speaking on Sky News, 20 November 2016. Return to text.
  5. Christian Concern, Pro-life voices silenced in France and Scotland, christianconcern.com, 9 December 2016. Return to text.
  6. Lindeman, R., C_E_N_S_O_R_E_D: video “Dear Future Mom”, huffingtonpost.com, 18 November 2016. Return to text.

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Ian M., Canada, 28 January 2017

The French broadcasting counsel and court are using a tactic common among the God rejecting PC crowd, that is, positioning themselves on the 'moral high ground' of protecting a non-existent victim from being offended or injured. The intent is to make the ones who disagree with them feel guilty and shame these offenders for their hard heartedness and insensitivity. In fact the ones who pass judgement are the ones who are offended, but they lack the integrity to admit it and thus create a victim. You can see this pattern in nearly every speech or rant presented by the perpetually offended crybullies of the left.

Thanks for your article.

Mike J., Australia, 27 January 2017

Just a short note. I had a daughter aborted about 40 years ago. I did not know at the time that it was done with the ladies consent . I was told that it was an accident and only found out about it years later. I was looking forward to being a dad. I still think of this baby today and the life that was snuffed out. I just wonder if any of these people have had anything like that happen to them. Would it effect them like that? I miss not knowing my daughter, but I have a son who is disabled and love him dearly. Would they like to hear a message from my son? I think not. He is loved by all who know him. Thank you. Totally agree with you on your view on abortion.

I. E., Philippines, 27 January 2017

It is so sad to see this in the land of Calvin and Pascal. France, what happened to your ideas of "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity"?? Don't they extend to unborn and disabled babies too?

Willem D., Netherlands, 26 January 2017

The reasoning behind this decision is completely arbitrary and I don't understand how they could get away with it. I mean, every single day there are things on tv that could likely disturb the conscience of people who, in accordance with the law, make different personal life choices. Movies, adds, debates, interviews, reports about children dying of starvation, wars, requests for donations, etc, etc, etc. One wonders why they decided to label this one film as inappropriate, but not all the other concious-disturbing films. I guess the bright light this film shines on reality is too confronting for people who love darkness more than light.

Egil W., Norway, 26 January 2017

A bill such as the 'digital interference', would be a direct attack on the freedom of speech and expression.(...and at a deeper level; the freedom to think apart from a certain system of ideological strongholds, arguments and high things obviously hostile to moral and spiritual truth...)

Attack on freedom of speech, expression and free thought...coming from France, which has prided itself on the ideas of 'freedoms and rights'...

The irony of it.

But the human heart is more deceitful than any other thing.

The Fall of Man indeed happened.

Everyday we see the fact of the Fall of Man on news-reports in the format of modern media.

Into this reality we need to seed the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ who came into our dark world by being divinely conceived in the womb of Mary...and Jesus being conceived was fully God and fully Man...

The wages of sin is death. Siding with sin when being confronted with the truth of the gospel is to side with darkness, to side with the forces of death and destruction.

Such a culture will not be able to last long.

It has nothing; and if it continues to reject truth and morals, it will inherit it's own love of death, sin, lie and darkness.

How can God awaken a culture who is at war with its last remains of conscience? Who do not fear the everlasting torments of a hell which it thinks merely an ancient mythology, a superstition of religion?

How can God show these people that life and death matters, when so many are blinded by the lies of humans being just rearranged dead matter...?

It is so sad, and one becomes tired of the relentless one-way secularization which seems to never ponder to look back, asking what's the meaning of any of what they put so much energy into establishing.

Their incoherence testify against them.

Philip Robinson responds

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:14-15). May God raise those up in France to do just this!

Errol B., Australia, 25 January 2017

There may be a touch of inconsistency in the French legal system, e.g. the video was deemed “inappropriate” as it was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who, in accordance with the law, had made different personal life choices.”

This seems to suggest that, of all the women who have had abortions, only those who have watched these types of videos have had their conscience disturbed. Surely at least one woman (who hasn’t watched such videos) has had their conscience disturbed after an abortion.

If the censors are genuinely concerned about disturbing women’s consciences after abortions, they could put measures in place to restrict women from having abortions. The video isn’t false, nor is it the object of their guilt. It merely presents an opinion from the other side. The actual abortions are the object of guilt, not the video. The video merely brings attention to something which already exists.

Imagine if it were legal to kill those 'deemed useless eaters’ in society, the elderly, mentally disabled, dark skinned people & Jews (sounds familiar). Then the legal system 'deemed' it inappropriate to air any media which didn’t even suggest it should be illegal, but merely stated these targeted groups aren’t necessarily void of value. Should this censorship be deemed “inappropriate” as it was “likely to disturb the conscience” of the killers?

Having a conscience is a good thing. Separating or protecting our conscience from certain deeds which would normally impact on our conscience, is inhumane. Sometimes it is appropriate to feel guilt.

As far as women having the right of choice over their body; I wonder [when] they gained their right of choice? At 21 or 16 years of age, 3 months? Perhaps their rights ‘kicked in’ at conception.

T B., Australia, 25 January 2017

Isn't it ironic that the discoverer of the cause of Down Syndrome (and Cri du Chat), Jérôme Lejeune, was French. His life beginning and ending in Paris, he sought to defend and support the lives of children with genetic intelligence diseases everywhere.

The gospel is offensive precisely because it offends the sinfulness of humanity in every way. There are only two ways to not be offended: either remove the message that causes offence, or, receive the message with joy. May many French discover where true life lies.

Philip Robinson responds

Yes, indeed, Dr Jérôme Lejeune discovered the root cause of Down syndrome back in 1958. He believed that life began at conception and was staunchly pro-life throughout his life.

James T., United States, 25 January 2017

While its sad that France is resorting to censorship of this film,i looked at the youtube video and it seems the film is getting alot of positive feedback.Over 7 million views and has over 47,306 likes.So despite the censorship it seems the movie really is loved by many people.

L. David G., United States, 24 January 2017

I shared this on my Facebook page and it was immediately shared by another. A very moving and excellent piece. Thanks much for making this public.

Jeffrey H., United States, 24 January 2017

Excellent article! Atheism has overrun the education systems of the world. The image of God has been reduced to a series of impersonal, purposeless, and meaningless events of happenstance. I touched upon this destruction of life in my book, Peeking Through the Wool. My point in the chapter titled Abortion was not to condone or condemn the example that was cited, but to make one aware that pregnancy is life in the womb. Unless there is a change of heart this slaughter will never stop. The video attached to Phil Robinson article enforced this point without condemnation. Censorship is a very active tool in atheism’s toolbox. When we allow the tampering of the historical accounts in the book of Genesis we’ve made use of that toolbox. Redefining or adding to what God has said has dire consequences:

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:16-17) Notice the difference in what God had said and Eve’s response to the serpent: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (Genesis 3:2-3) That addition appears on surface to be harmless, but look at the outcome. Depravity is the nourishing environment that atheism requires to flourish. We need a change of heart.

Stephen C., United States, 24 January 2017

It seems to me that abortion advocates reduce, rather than enhance, women's rights. If personhood can be added or removed based on legal definitions (rather than being an inherent part of being made in the image of God), where does it end? If a country decides to say that legally, a woman is not a person, or that people of a different race aren't persons, or that any other group isn't actually composed of persons, who is to say they are wrong? If personhood is held to be subjective rather than objective, it cheapens the rights of all.

Eddie C., United States, 24 January 2017

For a Christian, it is very easy to see the spiritual warfare that is all around us today. Abortion is one example of how Satan seeks to desecrate humans as the image of God. The transgender movement, the feminist movement, and transhumanism all center around this goal. I also see excessive tattoos and body piercing, drugs, and many other issues as direct attacks against the image of God.

Here in the US, Planned Parenthood was caught on camera admitting that aborted baby parts were being sold for profit. There still has not been an official investigation or prosecution of this, even though it is against our laws. Even after this revelation just about two weeks ago a Planned Parenthood clinic opened in Washington DC and more than twenty 'faith' leaders, supposedly Christian, attended to support the clinic and its goals. To think that these leaders who claim Christianity can see nothing wrong with abortion is unthinkable. I can say with confidence these churches do not teach Genesis 1–11 as historical truth. My guess is that the most the congregants at these churches get is a few cherry picked verses of scripture that might be incorrectly applied to the social issues of the day. It's a very sad state.

I thank God for ministries such as CMI and churches that still uphold the biblical view of Genesis as well as the reliability of the Bible in all things. I urge Christians not to become complacent about abortion, we must continue to pray and oppose this evil until the Lord reigns from Jerusalem.

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Peter H., Canada, 24 January 2017

When I opened up my email this morning and saw the picture of the girl with Down Syndrome, my first reaction was, “What a beautiful girl!” Then I read the article and watched the video, and my opinion didn’t change. Yes, children born with Down Syndrome will need help, support and love—but then so will children born without Down Syndrome.

I feel sorry for those in France, including the judges and the Senate, who have got so far away from what God had intended for his creation.

Narindra R., France, 24 January 2017

L'athéisme de la France est si dégoûtant, et sa devise si hypocrite...

(France's atheism is so disgusting, and its motto - liberté, égalité, fraternité - so hypocritical...)

Charlie S., United States, 24 January 2017

The idea that anyone or any government office may sensor such a video is simply horrible. Those exquisite youngsters can move a tough old nut like me to tears and I pity anyone who would miss an opportunity to share a slice of life with such beautiful individuals as those in the video. The dramas and scandals of everyday life seem petty and to have disappeared for me as I viewed and listened to these awesome young people. Thank you and bless you for posting about this issue.

Dean R., Australia, 23 January 2017

It seems that only so much, or certain "kinds" of diversity will be celebrated in the secular mind bend. But its OK to marry siblings or even animals & possibly robots.

Intolerant tolerance & consistant inconsistancies.

France & liberty at the expense truth & conscience

Geoff W., Australia, 23 January 2017

Sadly abortion seems like a must have fashion accessory, and you're NOT a Woman unless you have had an abortion. I know Thank God that not every woman think this way. but sadly far too many do. God Bless you for the wonderful work you are doing.

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