Student’s Guide to Bioethics

The U.S. Jérôme Lejeune Foundation has recently released for download an English version of a revised edition of their Student’s Guide to Bioethics (Manuel Bioéthique des Jeunes, 2006). The guide “puts critical questions facing our society and culture on an objectively scientific basis. It encourages readers to make well-informed judgments based upon scientific fact and sound ethical principles. The approach is rigorous, yet accessible making this small book a valuable educational tool, not just for young people but also for adults. [Emphasis mine]”

Table of Contents includes:

1 • The story of a little human being

2 • Abortion

3 • Prenatal testing

4 • Assisted reproductive technology

5 • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

6 • Embryo research

7 • The end of life

8 • Organ donation

9 • Gender theory and sexual orientation

Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994), who was the geneticist who discovered the cause of Down’s Syndrome (trisomy 21), and is a candidate for Catholic sainthood, was an adviser to UFL.


Robert Gotcher is a dogmatic and moral theologian and long-time member of UFL who received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin.