The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research conducts and disseminates research on topics connected to human life in its biological, social and ethical dimensions. These topics are selected for study depending on emerging medical, technological and social developments. In undertaking this work the Institute believes that a sense of the inherent value and dignity of human life and of the human person as an end and not a means is a foundational perspective to bring to bear on its work.

The Institute's research may be original or may consist of reviews of existing literature. In each case the Institute's work is to be of the highest academic quality, though accessible to the general public.

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It's Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted-Suicide Today

 It's Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted-Suicide Today

Available now!

Copies can be ordered directly from the deVeber Institute or you can purchase a copy on Amazon.

$30 per book plus shipping and handling costs (extra).

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How to End a Life

How to End a Life

A year since assisted suicide became legal, only a small number of physicians are willing to perform the procedure, and their numbers are shrinking. Taking a life is harder than they thought.

By Nicholas Hune-Brown | Published by TORONTO LIFE | May 23, 2017 AT 12:27 pm

From article:

It's Not That Simple in the News!

On June 1st, Andrew Coyne's article "Finger points of consent missing in assisted suicide bill" appeared in the National Post. In this article, Andrew comments on the pivotal role that consent and autonomy play in the debate on assisted suicide. He uses It's Not That Simple to support his argument that consent is not always present in countries with legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide and that the proposed safeguards will not be sufficient to protect vulnerable people. With a firm grasp on the arguments used to support assisted suicide, Andrew says:

2015 Newsletter

Train Wreck: the Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

Article by Prof. Ian Gentles, Research Director and Adam Giancola, deVeber Institute Intern

On February 6th 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada unleashed a constitutional hurricane. Defying the clearly expressed will of Parliament, sidestepping judicial precedents, and flying in the face of recommendations from numerous advisory bodies, including those of the medical profession, the Court nullified the longstanding prohibition on assisted suicide.

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Is the RU-486 Abortion Pill Unhealthy for Women?

Is the RU-486 Abortion Pill Unhealthy for Women?

Health Canada recently approved the use of the abortion pill RU-486.  But how will this affect the health of Canadian women? 

How is This Abortion Different?

It is important to understand that a chemically-induced abortion is essentially a woman performing an abortion on herself.  With surgical abortions, women may not physically see the remains of the aborted fetus. However with a pill, the woman is responsible for administering the drug and left to witness the exertion of the fetus.  What are the psychological consequences to these protocols?