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Back in January, Michael J. Miller reported for CWR:

The young people from all five continents who gather in Rio in July 2013 for World Youth Day will find in their backpacks a “bioethics survival kit”:  a special WYD edition of A Student’s Guide to Bioethics, produced by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation at the request of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).  The manual, nicknamed BIOBOOK, will be available in French, Portuguese, English and Spanish editions.  In early spring two million copies will be printed in Chile for the registered pilgrims expected at the event. 

Originally entitled Manuel Bioéthique des jeunes, this educational resource was first published in France in 2006 by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation in response to a qualifying examination in science that was marred by ideological bias.  The objective of A Student’s Guide to Bioethics is “to go beyond the cosmetic rhetoric and to focus again on the reality of the biological facts and their ethical implications”.  The French edition has been a great success:  more than 300,000 copies have been distributed free of charge to students, parents and schools that have requested it. 

The Student’s Guide is simply and clearly organized in eight chapters on the topics:  “The story of a little human being”, “Abortion”, “Prenatal diagnosis”, “Medically assisted procreation”, “Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis”, “Embryo research”, “Euthanasia”, and “Organ donation”.  A special dossier that was recently added to the updated edition deals with “gender theory”.  In each chapter the reader finds definitions, descriptions of medical procedures, an explanation of current French law on the topic, a Q&A section, ethical reflections and one or more personal testimonies.  The book is attractively formatted and illustrated with full-color photographs, charts and whimsical drawings. 

The booklet, A Student’s Guide to Bioethics, is now available as a free download (PDF format) from the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation website.

 
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