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[Anglican Church Campaign to Increase Adoptions in Nova Scotia]

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official5342
Date
1967 June 19
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1967 June 19
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Officials of the Department of Public Welfare have expressed thanks to the Anglican Church of Canada for its cooperation in a recent campaign to increase adoptions throughout the province.
There were 46 inquiries from married couples to the provincial coordinator for adoption services following the month-long campaign, according to a statement received by the church's social service department.
It is the first example of co-operation between the Anglican Church and provincial authorities in the adoption field. Church organized officials say they hope such a campaign might also be organized in other provinces.
Anglican clergy were asked by Rt. Rev. W.W. Davis, Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia, to preach on adoption, or conduct a discussion in their churches and to circulate an adoption brochure produced by several denominations.
At present, 21 of the couples that made inquiries have completed or are in the process of completing their adoption.
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Subjects
Adoption - Law and legislation - Nova Scotia
Adoption - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Practice of Surrogate Motherhood Unacceptable, Anglican Group Says; Calls for Legal Changes to Prevent Spread of Surrogacy in Canada

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Date
1989 May 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1989 May 2
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Toronto, May 2, 1989 -- The practice of surrogate motherhood is offensive and unacceptable because it turns children into "commodities", an Anglican Church task force says. The report takes issue with a recent Ontario Law Reform Commission report which recommended procedures to regularize the practice.
Task force members will present their report at a news conference Tuesday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. at 135 Adelaide Street East (Anglican Diocese of Toronto).
In surrogate motherhood, when a husband and wife cannot have children naturally, the husband may hire the services of another woman. This so-called "surrogate" mother is then artificially inseminated with the husband's sperm.
"Human beings must be treated as ends, not means," says the task force report. "The humanity of women must not be subordinated to their reproductive capacities. Nor may children be deliberately created for sale. These two grave ethical flaws are inherent in surrogate motherhood. The buying and selling of human beings, for whatever purpose, incorporates the evil present in slavery and is just as offensive."
The report recommends that contracts for surrogate motherhood be unenforceable in Canada and that provincial laws governing adoption be reviewed to ensure that adoption procedures cannot be abused to bring about surrogate motherhood arrangements. "If provincial adoption laws cannot ensure that surrogacy is banned in Canada," the report says, "we recommend that federal legislation be enacted making it a criminal offence to recommend, initiate, arrange or agree to the bearing of a child in a surrogacy arrangement for payment in cash or in kind." The several recommendations in the report will be presented for discussion in June to the General Synod, the church's highest legislative body.
The task force was authorized in May 1987 by the church's national executive council. Its members include: Rt. Rev. John Baycroft, Suffragan Bishop of Ottawa; the Rev. Bruce Alton, Trinity College; Phyllis Creighton, editor, University of Toronto Press; Marsha Hewitt, professor, Trinity College; and the Rev. Don Thompson, professor, Centre for Christian Studies.
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For further information, contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Communications, (416) 925-9192 ext. 286 (bus.), (416) 335-8349 (res.)
Subjects
Surrogate motherhood - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Law and legislation - Canada
Reproductive technology - Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Surrogate Motherhood
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Adoption - Law and legislation - Canada
Adoption - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Date
1977 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 71
Date
1977 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 71
Mover
Prof. F. Slingerland
Seconder
Dr. D.H. Gould
Text
That the service entitled "Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child" submitted to this General Synod be approved for publication and experimental use in the Anglican Church of Canada where authorized by the Bishop. CARRIED ACT 71
Subjects
Liturgy - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Liturgy - Texts
Children - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Adoption - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Surrogacy and Christian Marriage

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Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 71
Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 71
Mover
Rt. Rev. J.A. Baycroft
Seconder
Rev. M. Holmen
Prologue
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada agree that:
1. We affirm marriage, as a lifelong union in faithful love to the exclusion of all others on either side, to be a full and complete sacrament of the unity between two persons in and of itself. We support those who have entered into this covenant.
2. We understand that the procreation of children is a good that might come out of a couple's mutual love, but the absence of children in no way renders a marriage incomplete.
3. We affirm any married couple's desire for children from their union. But we ask all couples, their friends and families, to consider the reality of various limitations for example, fertility, personality, genetic impairment which may make children for them either impossible, hurtful or simply unwise. We ask our Christian communities to uphold those who are living within such limitations or restrictions.
4. We find the practice of "surrogate motherhood" to be an unacceptable means of acquiring children, whether undertaken as a financial or charitable transaction. We find that this dehumanizing practice reduces human life in the new "image of God" to a commodity. It removes the creation of new life from the sacramental relationship of woman and man in mutual love. It leaves a legacy for both birth mother and child which in all likelihood will be hurtful and destructive.
5. We express our ethical concern that the practice of "surrogate motherhood" will abuse women by denying their role as the actual bearers and mothers of children.
6. We pledge our support to couples who would wish to have children from their union but find themselves unable to do so. We pray that they will find satisfaction for this longing without resorting to any technology or practice which may ultimately be disrespectful or destructive to them, their marriage, a child, or any other person. We encourage technologies and practices which do respect each of these.
Mrs. Margaret McKeith requested that the following paragraph be added to the resolution:
"7. We affirm adoptive parents and adopted children in the life of the church as full members of the Christian family".
The mover and seconder agreed.
The Reverend Michael Rowe requested that paragraph #2 be changed as follows:
"2. We understand that the procreation of children is a good that might come out of a couple's mutual love, but the absence of children in itself does not compromise the integrity and value of a marriage".
Text
The change was accepted by the mover and seconder.
The motion now reads:
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada agree that:
1. We affirm marriage, as a lifelong union in faithful love to the exclusion of all others on either side, to be a full and complete sacrament of the unity between two persons in and of itself. We support those who have entered into this covenant.
2. We understand that the procreation of children is a good that might come out of a couple's mutual love, but the absence of children in itself does not compromise the integrity and value of a marriage.
3. We affirm any married couple's desire for children from their union. But we ask all couples, their friends and families, to consider the reality of various limitations for example, fertility, personality, genetic impairment which may make children for them either impossible, hurtful or simply unwise. We ask our Christian communities to uphold those who are living within such limitations or restrictions.
4. We find the practice of "surrogate motherhood" to be an unacceptable means of acquiring children, whether undertaken as a financial or charitable transaction. We find that this dehumanizing practice reduces human life in the new "image of God" to a commodity. It removes the creation of new life from the sacramental relationship of woman and man in mutual love. It leaves a legacy for both birth mother and child which in all likelihood will be hurtful and destructive.
5. We express our ethical concern that the practice of "surrogate motherhood" will abuse women by denying their role as the actual bearers and mothers of children.
6. We pledge our support to couples who would wish to have children from their union but find themselves unable to do so. We pray that they will find satisfaction for this longing without resorting to any technology or practice which may ultimately be disrespectful or destructive to them, their marriage, a child, or any other person. We encourage technologies and practices which do respect each of these.
7. We affirm adoptive parents and adopted children in the life of the church as full members of the Christian family. The revised motion was put and CARRIED Act 71
Subjects
Surrogate motherhood - Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Reproductive technology - Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Family - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Children - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Adoption - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Surrogate Parenting (See pages 60-62)

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official869
Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 112
Date
1989 June 15-23
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 112
Mover
Mrs. P. Creighton
Seconder
Rt. Rev. J.A. Baycroft
Text
That this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:
1. Urge that as a matter of public policy surrogate parenting should be discouraged.
2. Urge that surrogacy contracts should be unenforceable in Canada.
3. Adopt recommendations 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 on legal aspects contained in the report of the Anglican Task Force on Surrogate Motherhood on pages 8 and 9.
4. Recommend to the provinces and territories that adoption laws ensure that commercial surrogacy (recommending, initiating, arranging, or agreeing to the bearing of a child in a surrogacy arrangement for payment in cash or in kind) is banned in each province and territory.
5. Agree that the principles and recommendations in the report of the Task Force on "Surrogate Motherhood", together with the resolutions of this 32nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada which relate to surrogacy be the basis of any recommendations by the National Executive Council and other national Church bodies to governments when policy is being formed or legislation enacted.
6. Commend the above resources also to the Provinces and Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED Act 112
Notes
Due to conflict of interest, Mr. Justice Ronald Stevenson and Mr. Justice David Wright, Assessors to the General Synod, abstained from voting on the above motion.
[For earlier acts and discussion subsequently replaced by this Act see pages 60-62.]
Subjects
Reproductive technology - Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Canada
Surrogate motherhood - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force on Surrogate Motherhood
Adoption - Canada
Adoption - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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