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EP7 | The Advocate: Jérôme Lejeune and the Intellectually Disabled—Mark Bradford

Dr. Tod Worner

October 3, 2023

French pediatrician and geneticist Jérôme Lejeune insisted, “We need to be clear: The quality of a civilization can be measured by the respect it has for its weakest members. There is no other criterion.” After he criticized the cozy relationship between the scientific community and the practice of aborting patients with Down syndrome, Lejeune wrote to his wife, “Today, I lost my Nobel prize.”

Join me and Mark Bradford, the Word on Fire Fellow for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as we discuss how Jérôme Lejeune changed his life and the lives of those with challenging disabilities.

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**Since the filming of this episode, the titles for our Word on Fire Institute fellows and professors have changed. Mark Bradford is now the “Fellow for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”