Down lifting

strong%20love.jpgIn response to my Down trodding post, about the controversy stirred earlier this week when University of North Carolina professor Albert Harris told his embryology class that babies with Down syndrome should be aborted, documentary film maker Bonnie Burt emailed him an offer:

I have recently completed a film about a couple, both born with Down syndrome... [and] would like to offer your university a free screening of.... Strong Love....

Please let me know if you are interested in previewing this film. I think it will help along the discussion that Professor Harris started. It might be of interest to your students.

Synopsis of the movie, from its website:

Strong Love is the story of world-class weight lifter Jon Shapiro and his childhood sweetheart Holly James, both of whom were born with Down syndrome. This documentary follows the couple over the course of three years, starting with their decision to get married. Their challenges, their triumphs, and their complex, sometimes surprising relationships with family and friends are at the heart of this inspiring film.

Bonnie has just posted an excerpt from Strong Love on YouTube. I just watched it a second time and cried a second time. I pity people who view those with Down syndrome as a liability on this earth rather than a much needed ambassadors of pure and unconditional love.


So sweet! Love it!
Here's one more.

Posted by: Carla at February 20, 2008 10:43 AM

Oh my goodness that is the sweetest video I have ever seen. What a truly pure example of love...

Posted by: Bethany at February 20, 2008 10:55 AM

I stopped eating my tacos and cried. It was a show of true, pure love. The world needs more of this : )

Posted by: Jess at February 20, 2008 11:52 AM

I watched an excerpt of it and it was beautiful. I'm working on a list of resources at my blog for parents facinng an adverse prenatal diagnosis, including Down Syndrome. Please share this list and any other resources you know of with any parents you may know facing a challenging diagnosis.

Posted by: Rachael C. at February 20, 2008 11:59 AM

Wow, that' was amazing.

It reminds me of one of my favorite movies. The Other Sister..

I miss having someone who loves me...

Posted by: midnite678 at February 20, 2008 12:16 PM

Don't you have family midnite? I'm sure people love you. Sometimes it's just hard to find the words.

Posted by: Jess at February 20, 2008 12:46 PM

Hi Midnite,

I hope your grandpa is feeling better.

Posted by: jasper at February 20, 2008 1:18 PM

This couple is too cute!!!

Posted by: Janet at February 20, 2008 2:10 PM


Yes, I have family, but they kind of "have to love" me; they dont have to like me though, lol.

Posted by: midnite678 at February 20, 2008 2:16 PM

I miss having someone who loves me...

Midnite, WE love you!

Posted by: Bethany at February 20, 2008 3:08 PM

I second Bethany's above statement.

Posted by: Bobby Bambino at February 20, 2008 3:22 PM

My Mom once said that about me. I third Bethany's statement I love you. You come here and you're intelligent and passionate and open your heart and share with us. I really appreciate that you let us into your life.

Posted by: Jess at February 20, 2008 3:50 PM


Posted by: Carla at February 20, 2008 4:47 PM

Clever title, Jill!

Posted by: Janet at February 20, 2008 7:05 PM

Let me tag along with the others. Midnite, you have given of yourself here, and shown yourself here, and people love you. Me too.


Posted by: Doug at February 20, 2008 8:00 PM

Like the t-shirt says: Love does not count chromosomes.

Posted by: Christina at February 21, 2008 8:06 AM

Even though I am new....may I Fifth it?

Posted by: Kay at February 21, 2008 7:30 PM


Posted by: kathie at March 4, 2008 11:55 AM