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

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.

DVD Release - Reproductive Decisions and Women's Well-Being: Current Research and Practical Solutions

The Reproductive Decisions DVD is a valuable and informative resource, helping to equip women and men with the most up-to-date information, especially those who counsel women facing unplanned pregnancies.

DVD Features:
-Dr. Deborah Zeni on the latest research for Women's Health After Abortion
-Writer Andrea Mrozek on what it means to be pro-woman
-A workshop based on case studies led by Teresa Hartnett
-Angelina Steenstra, Personally Speaking: A Close Look at Choice
-An expert panel of social service providers

This 2-disc set DVD is available for $30.00 plus the cost of shipping.

Please forward your orders to bioethics@deveber.org or call us at               416-256-0555.  Order your copy today! 

Perspectives: Fall 2009 Newsletter

Response to the Quebec College of Physicians’ Proposition of the Legalization of Euthanasia

A recent statement from the Quebec College of Physicians proposes that euthanasia be included "as part of the appropriate care in certain particular circumstances." Such a development would require legalization of euthanasia by amending the Canadian Criminal Code to distinguish euthanasia from homicide.

Lack of Support for Parenting Students

Many students who attend universities across Canada have either faced the dilemma themselves or watched friends struggle with the choice between attaining a university education and having children. Since university students are mature individuals in their child-bearing years, it would make sense that Canadian university campuses would assist young people in their struggle by allowing them to have both an education and a family. Although many universities in Canada offer some resources, most do not offer all that is necessary. The University of Toronto greatly surpasses every other Canadian university, both through the resources available and through the general awareness of these resources amongst the student body. The majority of universities in Canada offer distance education, evening classes, on-campus daycare and rarely even one baby change table on campus. However, no university in the country offers the number of resources that the University of Toronto provides.