What a Team
Kudos to our excellent summer student interns for their great work on pregnancy and end-of-life research. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program and the volunteer mentorship of Institute members.
Mariya-Kvitlana Tsap 3rd yr International Relations and Public Policy, University of Toronto
“Working at the deVeber Institute this summer, with such a wonderful team, was an eye-opening experience as I had the chance to delve deeper into women’s health issues in the developing world.”
Katie Pfaff 2nd yr Social Work & Disability Studies, University of Windsor
Check ethics at the door Re: Doctors’ Beliefs Must Not Impede Care: Ontario College, March 7. Published in National Post.
Something precious was lost when Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons voted to strip doctors of their universally recognized right not to participate in an action that violates a properly formed conscience.
Its arrogance was nicely captured in the quote from past president Dr. Marc Gabel, who told the college counsel, “You cannot kick someone out of your office without care” — a slanderous mischaracterization of physicians who wish to bow out of the referral process for abortion and doctor-assisted killing. The vote took place the same day the Canadian Medical Association reportedly defended a physician’s right not to be forced to refer against his/her moral beliefs.
Legalized physician-assisted death will usher in such a fundamental change in practice “we simply cannot accept a system that compels physicians to go against their conscience as individuals on something so profound as this,” CMA president Chris Simpson said in an exclusive interview.
Today the Supreme Court of Canada released its judgment to rescind legal prohibition on assisted suicide in Canada. The decision now calls on Parliament to draft legislation on the matter as the ruling will not be put into effect for 12 months.
Video of the deVeber Institute's Annual Public Lecture: Latest research from Canada, USA and Europe on euthanasia and assisted suicide with guest key-note speaker Alex Schadenberg is available for you to view now! The whole presentation may be viewed here.