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.

From the Director's Desk

Popular Delusions and the Madness of Euthanasia Talk Videos

If you missed our Annual Public Lecture and Book Launch on Sunday, November 1st at the University of Toronto, you can watch videos of them below!

Part 2 - Key-note Speaker Dr. Will Johnston on Popular Delusions and the Madness of Euthanasia


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

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

Please contact us by email: or call 416-256-0555 if you would like to process a bulk order.                 


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?