An international campaign…
For the international World Down Syndrome Day, on the 21st of March 2014; the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation launched an awareness campaign for the general public, in collaboration with other organizations.
The campaign aims at reassuring futures mother, who are expecting a baby with Down Syndrome, about how they grow up. It also helps to put a new face on this disability which, quite often, is not very well known.
5 young adults, 3 of which are French (Inès, Robin and Sigolène), and their mothers participated in the shooting of this video in Milan.
...meeting with global success...
Shared on YouTube on the 24th of March, the video is meeting with unprecedented success: over 4 MILLION viewers in the world in only 14 days!
On the 18th of March it even became the world’s most shared video on social networks! Today, the video has been watched over 4.2 million times.
The video has so largely been broadcasted and asks you to carry on sharing it with everyone you can (Hashtag #DearfutureMom.)
... to defend Down Syndrome
This video is also an opportunity to remind people of the way people with Down Syndrome, in France, are suffering from eugenics through prenatal diagnosis. Indeed, 96% of unborn babies with Down Syndrome are aborted when the mothers find out.
The Foundation has been blowing the whistle on this for years through campaigns against eugenics, by reminding people of the excesses that occur when it comes to eugenics, excesses underlined by the State Council in 2009 (Page 40 of the report), and by warning the people in 2012 about the ethical and human consequences the new test brings about. They reiterated these warnings for the CCNE report in 2013.
Thanks to this campaign the Foundation is reminding people that the place disabled people get depends on the way we see them and that it cannot change unless we show real interest by investing in medical research for Down Syndrome, as it has been doing for the last 20 years. It also points out that research is getting closer to its objective… hope is rising!
It is this hope we need to give to “dear future moms”.