Ireland’s stellar record in reducing maternal and infant mortality By Ian Gentles, Vice-President, deVeber Institute for Bioethics, Toronto Ireland is currently considering the removal of its constitutional ban on induced abortion. An argument frequently heard for making this momentous change is that it would eliminate the horrendous consequences of illegal or ‘back street’ abortions. We [...]
Don't miss this timely article prepared for the deVeber Institute and authored by Jean Echlin (RN, MSN), Kathryn Pfaff (RN, PhD) and Aleshia Johnston. PAIN AND DEMENTIA Toward a Co-Morbid Pain and Dementia: A Case Study There is a need for Canadian healthcare leaders and policy makers to examine the issues surrounding pain assessment [...]
L.L. DeVeber, MD FRCP; Elizabeth Ring Cassidy, MA.; Barbara Farlow, BEng Sci; Abstract Under the practice guidelines set by the SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada) in February 2007, all physicians treating pregnant patients are now mandated to offer prenatal genetic screening. A new non-invasive prenatal genetic diagnostic test, called ‘chromosomal microarray analysis,’ will soon drastically increase [...]
IN THE EARLY 1980'S pro-life researchers expressed a growing concern about the psychological sequelae of induced abortion. The issue was also surfacing in the case studies being published by therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who were seeing an increasing number of women whose emotional well-being had been compromised by their decision to abort. Ring Cassidy, [...]
Click on the attachment to see a two part article written by the pioneering palliative care nurse and deVeber Institute Advisor, Jean Echlin. Part 1: A Real Danger Part 2: Real Hope for the Dying Originally published October 28th, 2008. READ MORE...
It is hurt that drives the growing fertility industry in Canada…A market has been built round patient’s desperation without acknowledging their vulnerability. - S. Fine, The Globe & Mail, May 27, 1999 READ MORE...
This paper is taken from a larger study of unwed mothers entitled Going it Alone: Unplanned Single Motherhood in Canada. It describes a woman’s decision to carry an unplanned pregnancy to term, and her response to the challenge of life as a single parent. It also explores the way in which agencies charged with [...]
In this paper the authors challenge the assumption, widely held among the general public and among some members pf the medical profession, that induced abortion has no adverse consequences for women. It argues that current studies support the conclusion that abortion entails for women a burden of psychological distress, which is greater than that [...]
Excerpt: "...the ACP believes that the ethical arguments against legalizing physician-assisted suicide remain the most compelling. On the basis of substantive ethics, clinical practice, policy, and other concerns articulated in this position paper, the ACP does not support legalization of physician-assisted suicide." To read the full position paper please go to: http://annals.org/aim/article/2654458/ethics-legalization-physician-assisted-suicide-american-college-physicians-position-paper