Oct 11, 2021
Ignatius Press has released the biography of one of the most brave and kind prolife heroes, French geneticist Jérôme Lejeune, one of the world's most important persons in his field, whose name was "buried" when he became one of the most devoted supporters of the pro-life cause in his native country and around the world.
"Jérôme Lejeune, a Man of Science and Conscience," by Aude Dugast, takes readers on an incredible journey of this man's life, one featuring Nobel Peace Prize nominations, a close friendship with Pope John Paul II, hundreds of prestigious accolades, and a will to serve patients whom society deemed worthless — those with Down syndrome.
Lejeune discovered the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome. As a Catholic, he thougth his discovery would lead to a more compassionate approach to children with the syndrome, only to find out that his discovery would be used to diagnose them in the womb and abort them. He then became a pro life expert who would use his remarkable scientific knowledge to defend the unborn and testify as an expert on their behalf in court cases around the world, including the United States.
Dugast, herself an important French academic, Lejeune's disciple and postulator of his cause for beatification, spent eleven years consulting thousands of archives. She met at length with Lejeune's wife and relatives, families of his patients and his French and foreign collaborators.