from Chuck Donovan, President
Charlotte Lozier Institute
In 1958, Lejeune discovered that Down syndrome was caused by an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. Lejeune was hailed as “The Father of Modern Genetics” for that discovery, which radically changed the course of modern medicine.
Lejeune was awarded by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and celebrated by the American Society of Human Genetics in 1969, but his fortunes turned when he became an outspoken advocate for the dignity of every human life, and opposed the use of his discovery to prenatally diagnose and abort babies with Down syndrome. Lejeune was a devout Catholic, whose cause for sainthood is moving forward at the Vatican.
As you may know, CLI has worked with the Lejeune Foundation USA to advocate for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.
To the Least of My Brothers and Sisters is a new documentary on the life of Jerome Lejeune, made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death. We would love to see you at the screening, which is being co-hosted by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, next week.
Here are the details (the event is completely free):
When: May 6, 2015 - 6 PM reception; 7 PM film screening
Where: The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington DC 20002
RSVP: Send an email to contact@LejeuneUSA.org
The goal of the Charlotte Lozier Institute is to promote deeper public understanding of the value of human life, motherhood, and fatherhood, and to identify policies and practices that will protect life and serve both women’s health and family well-being. Our profound conviction is that the insights available through the best science, sociology and psychology cannot help but demonstrate that each and every human is not only “fearfully and wonderfully made” but blessed to be born at this time in human history.