Informing and training
Because it accompanies thousands of patients with an intellectual disability and because each of them is an infinitely precious gift, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation works to defend the life and dignity of disabled persons by informing, training and sensitising them to the bioethical stakes.
- Questions concerning life and respect for its dignity and ethics are complex philosophical stakes, often very technical. They are almost always the subject to a deliberately fragmentary presentation, whereas they deserve an approach taking into account all human values, opening into an anthropological reflection and an awareness of the price of life and even its beauty.
- For these reasons, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation is equipped with new tools and specific materials which young people and adults, beginners and professionals, may use to inform and even to train themselves.
- The stakes are high and one should have the means to reach a personal opinion and informed choice, with Man as the central concern.
Created in 2000, Gènéthique is the first French language website for information and analysis of bioethical current events.
- Three information tools allow its 20,000 subscribers to understand the complex stakes involved in bioethics:
- A summary of the daily (French) or weekly (English) press which gives a rapid and factual panorama of national and international bioethical news.
- A monthly analytical newsletter which provides in-depth information and an analysis of two or three of the most important events of the month (French and English versions in hard and soft versions).
- Background files which develop the scientific, technical and legal stakes concerning each bioethical problem (currently being developed).
- These services are free in order to be available to the most people.
- Gènéthique is a referent bioethical information source for many professionals, institutions, politicians, journalists or average citizens.
- Gènéthique regularly receives requests for authorisation to reproduce its bioethical work from external organisations (Inserm, RM Ingénierie, Belin publishers, etc.).
- To receive the daily press summary and/or monthly analysis newsletters: genethique.org
STUDENTS MANUALTO BIOTHECS
Présenté par thème (l’embryon, l’avortement, la fécondation in vitro, le diagnostic prénatal et préimplantatoire, la recherche utilisant les cellules souches embryonnaires, l’euthanasie, le don d’organe), cet ouvrage adopte un ton résolument scientifique, clair et factuel en développant à la fin de chaque chapitre une approche éthique.
Les thèmes y sont abordés simplement à l’aide de définitions, explications, éléments de législation, réflexions éthiques, témoignages, questions/réponses…
Avec une approche scientifique et factuelle, le Manuel Bioéthique des Jeunes propose des pistes de réflexion pour donner aux jeunes les clefs d’un discernement libre et éclairé.
GENDER THEORY AND LIFE AND EARTH SCIENCES:DECODING THE 11TH GRADE TEXTBOOKS
In the tradition of the Students Manual to Bioethics, and following the introduction of gender notions in the school books on life and earth sciences, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation makes available the Gender Theory and Life and Earth Sciences: decoding the 11th grade manuals.
This booklet of some forty pages offers a reasoned and supported inquiry on the contents and meaning of the famous chapter "Becoming a Woman or a Man” included in the school manuals.
It provides young people with an analysis seeking to distinguish between things that are part of the “science of life” which are legitimate in a life and earth sciences book, and those which are part of an ideology.
Gender theory and life and earth sciences: decoding the 11th grade manuals also comments on the exercises and comments offered to students, as well as the graphics and their captions. Illustrations by the famous drawing artist Brunor facilitate understanding.
“What is a saviour sibling?”
By Dr Henri Bléhaut
Jérôme Lejeune Foundation
THE TRUTH on stem cells:
- The legislator should first be convinced by an ethical argument: no human progress is possible if it is based on the elimination of a member of the human species.
- But if the legislator is not sensitive to ethical arguments, he should be to scientific arguments. The scientific community knows that in therapeutic matters, the future is non-embryonic stem cells. For twenty years, there has not been a single practical application in cell therapy that is due to research on human embryos. To the contrary, adult and umbilical blood stem cells are the only ones to be used in cell therapy. For certain types of diseases, grafts of non-embryonic stem cells are already curing patients.
- Finally, reprogrammed stem cells (called iPS and discovered by Prof Yamanaka, Nobel laureate in 2012) already offer perspectives that are much more promising than embryonic stem cells for cell therapy. The speed of the launch of the first clinical trial on AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and the huge investments made abroad on iPS emphasize the potential for this research.What are we waiting for to take this route instead of voting for anachronistic texts!