Europe’s soulless liberalism

Take the Down syndrome debate in France. The Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, upheld a ban last year on a World Down Syndrome Day TV ad that showed DS young adults, like Ms. Ségard, addressing a pregnant woman considering whether to terminate a DS fetus: “Your child will be able to do many things.” “He’ll be able to hug you.” “He’ll be able to run toward you.” “He’ll be able to speak and tell you he loves you.”

The “Dear Future Mum” ad risked “disturbing the conscience” of women who had aborted DS pregnancies, the Council of State held in a November ruling. As it is, nine of 10 fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome in France are aborted. Set aside the abortion and disability politics: It is hard to see how any ads about contentious issues would survive the ruling’s purely subjective standard. That is, if it’s applied consistently.

The French National Assembly last month followed the Council of State ruling with a sweeping new measure targeting online antiabortion advocacy. Under the new law, websites that fail to make explicit their pro-life leanings or that exert undue “psychological or moral” pressure on women considering abortions will face €30,000 ($32,400) fines. Their owners could spend up to two years in prison.