Jérôme Lejeune Foundation
Jérôme Lejeune is an anti-choice and anti-euthanasia research institute.
Fondation Jérôme Lejeune is a scientific research foundation focussed on Down syndrome (named after Jérôme Lejeune, who participated to the discovery of the cause of Down syndrome in 1959). Whilst focussed on researching Down syndrome, the foundation promotes a clear anti-choice stance with regards to abortion.
Jean-Marie Le Méné – Chairman.
Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. Stated: “The tragedy of abortion is the termination of life of a human being.” (1) Compares abortion following fetal malformations with the nazi racial selection (2).
Thierry de La Villejégu – Executive Director.
Ludivine de la Rochère- Communication.
President and founder of La Manif Pour Tous (LMPT). Was in charge of the communication for the Bishops' Conference of France. As founder of LMPT she strongly opposed same-sex marriage and also expressed her opposition to civil partnerships for same-sex couples and to an imaginary "gender theory" that would aim at "erasing all biological differences between men and women" (3).
Links with other organisations: Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA. Created the genethique ‘ethical bionews’ website. A book by Peter Hertel mentions that they are linked with Opus Dei (4).
Key statement: Core values: “The defense of life, the respect for the patient's dignity, with a constant ethical focus and active solidarity, from the beginning of life until death.” (5)
Legal existence: Non-profit NGO, SIRET: 40 77 96 556 00014. SIREN: 407796556, APE number: 7219Z
Financing: Public donations. Revenue: 9.3m Euro (2012) (6).
(4) « Associations proche de l'Opus Dei : Fondation Jérôme-Lejeune », Les secrets de l'Opus Dei : enquête et documents, Peter Hertel, éditions Golias, 1998