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.

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From the Director's Desk

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

Join us on Sunday, November 1st 2015

at our Annual Public Lecture & Book Launch co-hosted with University of Toronto Students for Life with Guest Speaker Dr. Will Johnston and pick up your copy of

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

Doors open @ 7:00 pm
Carr Hall (Fr. Madden Hall)
100 St. Joseph Street
University of Toronto 
Event is free

Orders taken now for a pre-publication discount price of $20.00 (before November 1st launch)

Click here for ordering info and details

(Price increase after November 1st to $25/book)

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?

Working Symposium on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia July 19-20

We would like to thank everyone who made this event a success. We would like to thank the speakers, Alex Schadenberg, Dr. Paul Zeni, Dr. Deb Zeni, Dr. Ian Gentles and our interns (Julia Giancola, Christina Holmquist, Conor Sweetman, and Martha McNeely) for their insightful speeches at the symposium. Thank you also to Kathy Matusiak and Lorraine McCallum who contributed so much to the planning and publicity involved in the event and Professors Keith and Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy for graciously hosting us. To everyone who attended the event: your presence was so important to us and your contributions to the discussion were much appreciated!

Iola Plaxton DeVeber

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that I must announce the passing of Iola DeVeber, Dr. Barrie DeVeber’s wife. Iola was recently admitted into the hospital and passed away on Friday at Victoria Hospital London.  

Personal Condolences can be sent to Dr. Barrie deVeber at 538 Chester St. London ON N6C 2J9.


Visitations were held On Tuesday and Wednesday June 23rd and 24th respectively, the Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, June 24th at the O'Neil Funeral Home 350 William St, London, ON 

Debate: "The Future of Physician Assisted Suicide"

Debate: "The Future of Physician-Assisted Suicide"

Tonight, June 19th, at 7 pm, Jean Echlin will be joining the Institute for Medical Science (IMS) for a thought-provoking conversation about one of the most controversial issues of our time.