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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Quote of the Week

Quotation of the Week:
Ross Douthat
“160 Million and Counting,” New York Times, June 27, 2011
Commenting on the book Unnatural Selection by Mara Hvistendahl

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An Infant With Trisomy 18 and a Ventricular Septal Defect


Decisions for critically ill infants with trisomy 18 raise thorny issues about values, futility, the burdens of treatment, cost-effectiveness, and justice. We presented the case of an infant with trisomy 18 to 2 neonatologists with experience in clinical ethics, Annie Janvier and Felix Okah, and to a parent, Barbara Farlow. They do not agree about the right thing to do.

"Ms Farlow speaks for the parents who come down on the side of treatment. These cases raise the most fundamental questions about the value of life, the meaning of personhood,
and the limits of parental and professional authority. Deference to parents is generally the right course unless the infant is clearly suffering from ongoing treatment that is unlikely
to be of benefit. The doctors in this case did the right thing: they worked to find common ground. As often happens, the infant surprised everybody." —John Lantos, Section Editor

Perspectives: Spring 2011 Newsletter

Ignatieff's abortion push unhealthy

By Ian Gentles, PhD, FRHS.

Published in the Calgary Herald, February 15, 2010.

See attachment for full article.