The Prolocutor took the Chair while the Primate introduced Mrs. Phyllis Creighton, author of the Report. Mrs. Creighton urged careful examination both of the Report and of the continuing genetic and bio-chemical research and experimentation.
That this General Synod receives the Report "Artificial Insemination by Donor, a Study of Ethics, Medicine, and Law in our Technological Society" and commends it for study in the Church and the community.
The Motion was then put and CARRIED ACT 56
Mrs. Creighton responded to questions and observations from members of the Synod.
"Task Force on Human Life, The Anglican Church of Canada". -- t.-p.
Includes bibliographic references.
"This report has been prepared through the work of the Task Force on Human Life. The Task Force was established in January 1972, at the request of the February 1971 General Synod, to study ethical issues being posed by medicine and the life sciences. In its interim report to General Synod Quebec 1975, the Task Force noted that it had begun a study of A.I.D. It sought permission then to write a full report .... General Synod authorized it to complete its work and to submit the report to the National Executive Council for subsequent circulation (R 38). It is with these purposes in view, and in response to General Synod's resolution, that this study has been written". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Foreword / Edward Scott, Primate -- The Problem -- Ethical Issues -- Medical Aspects -- Legal Concerns -- Other Social Policy Issues -- Embryo Transfer -- Task Force Conclusions -- Appendix. -- Notes.
"Members of the Task Force on Human Life, for this study, 1973-77" chaired by Canon Paul Chadwick, listed on pp. vii-ix.
"The purpose of this book is to restate the biblical and theological insights that informed the report and resolutions of the 1958 Lambeth Conference, and to present again the theology of sexuality and the family that is widely held and influential in the Anglican Communion. In addition, reference is made to the stance of the Anglican Church of Canada regarding various matters affecting family life, such as contraception, abortion, artificial insemination by donor, and divorce". -- Intro.
Introduction refers to the importance of the report on "The Family in Contemporary Society" presented at the 1958 Lambeth Conference and which evoked a series of resolutions from the bishops of the Anglican Communion.
Contents divided into sections: Introduction -- Theology of Sexuality and Marriage -- Family Planning and Contraception -- Abortion -- Artificial Insemination by Donor -- Marriage Breakdown and Divorce.
Miss Betty C. Graham presented the Report on the Task Force on Human Life in place of the Chairman, The Rev. Paul Chidwick.
Miss Graham brought special attention to the conclusion of the Report referring to AID.
"The Task Force would like the report to provide insights and guidance to help the persons involved in making responsible choices about these new techniques - the men and women facing the dilemmas of unwished for sterility, the doctors wishing to adopt a responsible approach to newly available medical techniques, the lawyers whose counsel may be sought, the legislators who ultimately will have to deal with the complex problems the techniques raise. As in its report on abortion, the Task Force wishes to promote serious discussion and to aid the church and the community to make responsible decisions in this expanding area of medical science."
"That this Synod request the Primate to reappoint a Task Force on Human Life to:
a) conclude its study of the issues related to AID (Artificial Insemination, Donor) and after approval by the National Executive Council circulate its report for information and discussion before the end of June, 1976;
b) prepare a report on the issues related to death and dying including the extension of life by mechanical and other means; and after the approval by the National Executive Council, circulate its report for information and discussion by the end of 1976.
and that in accordance with the limitation of size imposed on all our committees, such a Task Force be centred in a specific area and be limited to 12 people (as is the A & F Committee) augmented as necessary by corresponding members."
Moved by: Chancellor J.E. Hudson
Seconded by: Mr. David Leaker
That after Section (b) there be added:
- "c) to continue to study the question of abortion. DEFEATED IN THE ORDERS OF CLERGY AND LAITY
The original motion was then put and CARRIED Act 34
The Prolocutor thanked Miss Graham and the Rev. P. Chidwick for their report.