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

Public Lecture: Push for Palliative Care, Prevent Euthanasia

Experts Talk and Roast Beef Dinner Buffet, $20

Thursday September 30th, 2010
Huron House Restaurant
1345 Huron Street, London, ON

Cocktails 6pm, Dinner 7pm


Dr. L.L. deVeber  MD, FRCPC
Jean Echlin, RN, MSN
Alex Schadenberg

Public Lecture: Improving Maternal and Child Health?

The deVeber Institute would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join us for our upcoming... Public Lecture

Thursday October 14, 2010
7:00pm, Doors Open For Public Lecture
7:30pm, Public Lecture Begins

100 St. Joseph Street, University of Toronto,
St. Michael’s College, Fr. Madden Hall

Presenting Public Lecture:

Improving Maternal and Child Health? Canadian and International Perspectives

Dr. Walley is the founder of MaterCare International, a non-governmental interdisciplinary organization of obstetricians, gynecologists, midwives, bioethicists, administrators and supporters dedicated to improving maternal health care worldwide with the ethic that all mothers and babies matter.

Interested in research that matters?

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Apply to be a summer volunteer today.

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We look forward to hearing from you!


Does abortion reduce crime rates?

In 2001 an article was published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in which the authors argued that legalized abortion reduces crime rates. The authors, economists John Dubner and Steven Levitt, examined the decrease in crime in the United States since the early 1990s and attribute it in large part to the legalization of abortion in 1973. The article immediately invoked heated debate, particularly because of its moral, social and political implications. Levitt later published the findings on the abortion-crime theory to a much broader audience in a chapter of his New York Times Bestseller, Freakonomics, which he coauthored with New York journalist Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonomics made the abortion-crime theory well-known and widely accepted among non-academics because of the simple commonsense way in which Levitt and Dubner presented their arguments and evidence.