In July 2017 Henk ten Have has been appointed as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
The Pontifical Academy for Life was founded in 1994 by Pope John Paul II. The Academy so to speak is an advisory body to the Pope regarding issues in bioethics. For a long time the focus has been on the beginning of life and the end of life. The Academy represented many pro-life organizations. Pope Francis advocates a broader concept of bioethics. Most ethical issues are in between the start and end of life, so that attention should not only go to abortion and euthanasia but also to issues as ageing, dementia, long-term care, and addiction. Also, bioethics nowadays is global bioethics; it should address social and environmental concerns such as poverty, migration, and climate change. In order to restart thinking on bioethics, Pope Francis dismissed all members of the Academy (initially appointed for life) and renewed membership by appointing new members with a broader disciplinary background and expertise (for a five-years term).
The Academy has a General Assembly every year in combination with a public conference. On October 5-7 the first conference took place in the new composition. The theme of the conference was “Accompanying life.” Henk ten Have was invited for a keynote lecture on the notion of vulnerability. Th second conference took place in Rome in June 2018. The focus was on children in a global perspective. Henk ten Have gave a presentation on the role of education. The Academy has now established a working group on Global Bioethics.