Women

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.

Deveber Institute: Post Secondary Education and Parenting

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The deVeber Institute's nationwide study of resources available to pregnant and parenting students on university campuses in Canada.

Most women feel that if they become pregnant while attending a post-secondary school, they cannot both complete their education and proceed with the pregnancy.

One way to analyze this option is to discover what kind of resources are available to this specific group of students. When pregnant and parenting students cannot find campus resources the message is clear: your time here is over.

The deVeber Institute of Bioethics and Social Research compiled a survey that consisted of six categories: education, housing, child care, health care, child-friendly campus and financial aid. This survey was completed for each of the 86 registered Canadian universities and each university was asked the same questions.

For more details of this study and The deVeber Institute please visit www.deveber.org

Women's Health at Risk; Abortion and Informed Consent

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Dr. Deborah Zeni in Toronto, Canada, on the current medical and psychological research on abortion. For more info go to www.deveber.org