The Pontifical Academy for Life, founded by Pope John Paul II, exists for the promotion and defense of human life, especially regarding bioethics as it regards Christian morality. Its statute was defined by the motu proprio Vitae Mysterium of Pope John Paul II on 11 February 1994.
On February 25th, 2012, the Governing Council of the Pontifical Academy for Life introduced 15 new Corresponding Members.
His Eminence Cardinal Elio Sgreccia was awarded the 1st International Award from the Associazione Scienza & Vita .
During the XVIII. General Assembly of Members (23-25 February 2012), a Workshop, open to the public, was held on the topic of "Management of Infertility Today".
The XVII. General Assembly of Members (24-26 February 2011) dealt with questions regarding "The Umbilical Cord Blood Banking" and "Post Abortion Trauma".