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 Affect Women’s Mental Health?

Researchers at the deVeber Institute have consistently found a link between mental health and abortion[1]. Women who have had an induced abortion are at a greater risk for suicide, major depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, alcohol dependence, illicit drug dependence, and mean number of mental health problems[2].

A study by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario revealed that women who had abortions had a 5 times increase in hospitalizations for psychiatric problems than a control population[3].

We have found that induced abortion does affect women’s mental health.

Videos and Interviews

YouTube Interview with Summer Intern, Genevieve Bonomi


Report on Resources for Pregnant Women, Single Mothers And Parenting Students On University Campuses in Canada

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Trailer for Women's Health at Risk


Trailer for Medical Detective Story: What you felt before you were born


Trailer for Compassionate End of Life Care: for Adults with Developmental Disabilities


Prenatal Genetic Testing - Are We Ready?

Greater Support Needed for Families Facing a Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis

Toronto, Canada (October 31, 2008) - A new non-invasive blood test for Down Syndrome, as described this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and calls from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada to increase genetic screening before birth demand public and professional scrutiny for the practice of prenatal diagnosis.
Is Canada ready for these new tests?

New Evidence in Prenatal Development Ignored

Pain Experience of a Fetus Might Be Even Worse Than Adult Pain

Toronto, Canada (October 2, 2008) – The politics of abortion have distorted the science of fetal pain, causing a potential conflict with modern pediatric medicine, according to neurologist and University of Toronto lecturer Dr. Paul Ranalli last night. He was speaking to a gathering of 100 people for the deVeber Institute's Annual General Meeting at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.