The deVeber Institute recently hosted our summer symposium entitled "Medical Ethics in an Age of Reproductive Decisions and Medical Aid in Dying". The event was a great success and over 115 people attended. The day was filled with thoughtful discussion and thorough presentations of new emerging research.
We had a total of four guest speakers as well as five student presentations from our summer interns.
Our first presenter was Dr. Kathy Pfaff. Her presentation was entitled Medical Aid in Dying: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. She spoke about the fundamental definition of dignity and compassion, the clinical improvements experienced from palliative care and medical ethics in light of Bill C-14.
On June 7th, 2016 Barbara Kay was featured in the National Post for her article “Barbara Kay: Let’s not become Belgium when it comes to assisted suicide”. This article brings forth many concerns for the safety of vulnerable Canadians. With evidence provided from our book “It’s Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today”, she outlines why Canada will NOT be immune to the slippery-slope of assisted-death that is currently being experienced in Belgium and Netherlands. Safeguards are often ignored, patients are euthanized without their consent, and the risks go on.
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?