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Thank you for your support in 2016! What one medical student said about our work...

This past year we had a number of public events, speaking engagements and discussions with the public on major life issues including abortion, women’s health, palliative care, conscience rights for medical professionals, and assisted suicide.
 

Introducing Our Summer Team!

Summer is always a busy time of year at the deVeber Institute. This summer, we have 6 interns with us working on a variety of projects. These projects include: updating some of the chapters in Complications: Abortions Impact on Women (2013), organizing the symposium on medical ethics (more info here), creating a chart on prenatal tests and screening, producing the summer newsletter, and doing a qualitative study at a hospice in Windsor. 

It's Not That Simple in the News!

On June 1st, Andrew Coyne's article "Finger points of consent missing in assisted suicide bill" appeared in the National Post. In this article, Andrew comments on the pivotal role that consent and autonomy play in the debate on assisted suicide. He uses It's Not That Simple to support his argument that consent is not always present in countries with legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide and that the proposed safeguards will not be sufficient to protect vulnerable people. With a firm grasp on the arguments used to support assisted suicide, Andrew says:

Fixes still needed for the assisted dying bill

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/22/fixes-still-needed-for-the-assisted-dying-bill

Published Friday, April 22nd 2016

Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun, Ottawa Sun, Winnipeg Sun and Edmonton Sun.

Prof. Ian Gentles, Research Director of the DeVeber Institutes for Bioethics and Social Research

Palliative Care Desperately In Need of Revising

The federal and provincial government need to provide access to adequate palliative care in legislation. 

"In its findings, the society said critically ill patients are falling through the cracks of the health care system and improvements are needed to address the patchwork of service that exists."

Read The Full Article: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/12/palliative-care-canada-society-report_n_8960972.html