A&E Network will premiere the new original docu-series “Born This Way,” following a group of seven young adults born with Down syndrome along with their family and friends in Southern California on December 8th.
Via PJ Media:
One person who knows firsthand about raising a child with Down syndrome is former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The world met her son, Trig, at 16 weeks old, when Sen. John McCain introduced Palin as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2008 presidential campaign.
Contacted by PJ Media while on a tour for her latest book, “Sweet Freedom: A Devotional,” Palin was eager to respond to a request for a comment on “Born This Way.”
Palin wrote in an email to PJ Media this week:
I love this so much! My kids sent me clips of this upcoming show while I’m here on the road for my book tour. It brought tears to my eyes, in a good way! The kids were so happy to see this, too. They had shown Trig the show’s clips, trying to discern if his reaction reflected any recognition of his beautiful brothers and sisters beautifully showcased on his iPad screen. (Trig isn’t very verbal, but signed to his siblings that he was very irritated they’d interrupted his Nat Geo baby animals documentary at the time, and demanded they just turn it back on. So, yeah… that.)
Pop culture now gets another powerful look at how valuable every innocent life is. I’m so glad to see the celebration and tolerance of beautiful people who may look “different” than what societal standards want to tell us is perfect or even acceptable.
When I discovered very early on in my pregnancy that my son Trig had an extra chromosome, that he was a child with Down syndrome, it rocked my world. I was scared of the unknown. But, as I write in my devotional, Sweet Freedom, with this situation and with all the fears and trials life may hit us with, I knew I could I desperately call out to God for Truth in the situation. God tells us in the Psalms that He knits us together in the womb, and that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ God say, “I’ve got this!”
The minute Trig was born, God answered my prayers with changed eyes to be able to see my son as a gorgeous perfect gift for the Palins. And He exchanged my fear with a heart full of a curious, excited anticipation for what all Trig would be teaching us.
I’m so happy to have him; so blessed to be gifted a really cool, unique, fun, challenging, loving, sometimes exhausting, very special little guy who’s changed our lives for the better! God values the sanctity of every innocent life, no matter how small, no matter how many chromosomes.
A show like this will strive to influence pop culture so more people may embrace all of God’s creation. If we support these efforts, the show’s message and meaning will resonate and succeed in helping make the world a better place.
And not to rub it in, but viewers are going to see that those of us who have loved ones with special needs like Down syndrome will see why I say, “We won! For, my kid has more chromosomes than your kid!” (PJ Media)
Cameras follow the young men and women of “Born This Way,” as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams, explore friendships, romantic relationships and work, all while defying society’s expectations. In their willingness and courage to openly share their lives, through a lens that is not often shown on television, we learn they have high hopes just like anyone else. The series also gives voice to the parents, allowing them to talk about the joy their son or daughter brings to their family, and the challenges they face in helping them live as independently as possible. (A&E)