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Anglican Church affirms its position on abortion

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Date
1989 November 3
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1989 November 3
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
NEWS RELEASE
Friday November 3, 1989
12:00 noon [Toronto, Ont.]
In the light of the Government's announcement of a new Abortion Bill, the Anglican Church reaffirms its position that both the rights and needs of women, and the rights and needs of the unborn, require protection.
The Church welcomes a non-gestational approach. This accords with the Church's opposition to any arbitrary division which would make early abortion available on demand. The Church's fundamental position is that "abortion is always the taking of human life and, in our view, should never be done except for serious therapeutic reasons". However, the Church's Abortion report affirms that:
-an upper limit should be established at which "there is no reasonable prospect of viability"
- there should be a waiting period during which time counselling to women should be made available
- other alternatives to abortion explored including "social and financial supports to meet the needs of the woman, in housing accommodation, child care, employment, retraining, welfare benefits, and income support, as well as consideration of adoption of the baby expected."
The Church further affirms that there should be a conscience clause, so that "the conscientious right of health care personnel to refrain from participating in abortion procedures be guaranteed."
The Church also is "opposed in principle" to "anticipated genetic defect in the foetus as automatic grounds for abortion", because as Christians we are "called to be the voice of the voiceless and powerless (and) must speak out when those different from or less able than the norm are to be denied the full rights accorded their fellow humans".
The Church's Abortion Report also recommends legislation to "ban commercial transactions in human genetic material"; or any possibility of deliberate abortion for purposes of "foetal cell farming" for human transplants, and welcomes the recent announcement of a Royal Commission on reproductive techniques "as a vehicle to examine these concerns and develop legislative measures".
The Anglican Church sees abortion as a public justice issue, challenging Canadians to build a society that affirms human life, which values children and welcomes a new generation, and which provides legal and social protection for women caught in the trauma of problem pregnancies. Such extensive social legislation, to reduce conditions which make the choice of abortion more likely, would include:
- programs and education to combat violence against women
- more affordable housing
- pay equity for women
- a guaranteed annual income, and other financial measures
- universally accessible, publicly funded day care
- an intensified national program to collect child support payments from delinquent fathers
- better educational programs about sexuality and contraception in schools
The Church does not see abortion as simply a "woman's issue" but rather a community issue, which takes place on the battleground of women's bodies. Concerned that women are frequently forced to choose between marginalization and poverty or abortion, the Church believes that in many circumstances women are not "free" to choose to bear their children and so, because society fails to provide supportive structures, "abortion has become a means of `restructuring the woman' by emptying the womb". Many Canadian women who choose not to bear their child make their decision out of alienation and hopelessness. "True choice must involve alternatives to despair" the Report concludes.
Abortion In a New Perspective: Report of the Task Force on Abortion, is available from: The Anglican Book Centre, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2J6
For further information contact: The Reverend Michael Ingham, Principal Secretary to the Primate, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, (416) 924-9192; Mrs. Diane Marshall (Family therapist, Report co-author) (416) 487-3613; Mrs. Phyllis Creighton (Research historian, Report co-author) (416) 978-2245
Subjects
Abortion - Law and legislation - Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Disabled - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sexual ethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc. - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Reproductive technology - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human embryo - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human reproductive technology - Law and legislation - Canada
Human reproductive technology - Moral and ethical aspects
Medical ethics - Canada
Women's rights - Canada
Birth control - Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican Church responds to abortion legislation

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Date
1989 November 10
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1989 November 10
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
NEWS RELEASE
Friday November 10, 1989
1:00 pm [Toronto, Ont.]
The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes -- with some reservations -- the federal government's initiative in bringing forward legislation to regulate abortion in Canada. While there are important areas of concern which the Bill does not address, we would give cautious support to its provisions, as far as they go, and we express the hope that it will be open to amendment in the parliamentary process.
The Anglican Church is pleased the Bill is not based on a gestational approach, which devalues the unborn in the early stages of development. A non-gestational approach accords with the Church's opposition to any arbitrary division which would make early abortion available on demand. The Church's fundamental position is that "abortion is always the taking of a human life and, in our view, should never be done except for serious therapeutic reasons".
We think it right to try to establish a balance between the legitimate rights of women and the state's interest in the foetus.
We think it right to distinguish between contraception and abortion.
However, we question a number of matters in the legislation itself, and would raise some issues that are not included in the Bill; namely:
- we are dismayed that it includes criminal sanctions against women
- we question whether the measure will actually protect the foetus. The Bill allows its life to be taken if one physician agrees that a woman's physical, mental, or psychological health would be likely to be threatened if the pregnancy continues. The Anglican Church, in its resolutions, accepts abortion as a therapeutic measure where pregnancy endangers a woman's life or physical or mental health. But the language of "threat" provides not clear standard. Will a serious threat be required -- a balancing of rights -- or will a minor one do ? Neither the woman's rights not the foetal rights are clear.
- we would prefer the legislation to require a second and independent medical opinion
- we would prefer to see a mandatory waiting period during which counselling to women should be made available ensuring that alternatives to abortion can be explored, including social and financial supports to meet the needs of the woman, in housing accommodation, child care, employment, retraining, welfare benefits, and income support, as well as consideration of adoption of the baby expected.
- we regret there appears to be no provision for recording the reasons for which abortion is undertaken. How will legislators learn what needs to be done to remedy the conditions leading to abortion ?
- we regret there is no conscience clause protecting health care workers who do not wish to participate in abortion procedures
- we would prefer to see provisions in this, or some accompanying legislation, which would guarantee equitable access across the country to both abortion and counselling services
- we do not believe the legislation addresses the root causes of the number of abortions in Canada
Too often, women face the choice between abortion and poverty. If this is to be changed, and the number of abortions diminished, women need to be given realistic alternatives.
"True" choice will only be possible when there exists:
- adequate social and economic support structures to enable women to have their children
- programs and education to combat violence against women
- more affordable housing
- pay equity for women
- a guaranteed annual income, and other financial measures
- universally accessible, publicly funded day care
- an intensified national program to collect child support payments from delinquent fathers
- better educational programs about sexuality and contraception in schools
The Anglican Church wants to see the social context and the need for support for women to be taken seriously. This legislation puts all the responsibility on the woman herself, and on her physician. It does nothing to address the responsibility of the wider community towards children.
We urge that the Government bring in accompanying measures -- including budget commitments -- to provide the counselling, education, and preventative programs, and the social and economic supports -- such as housing assistance, day care, improved welfare benefits, and income supports -- that would ensure women have alternatives to abortion.
For these reasons we hope the legislation will be opened for amendment in the parliamentary process.
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The policy of the Anglican Church of Canada on abortion is stated in:
"Abortion In a New Perspective": Report of the Task Force on Abortion and is available from: The Anglican Book Centre, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2J6
For further information contact: The Reverend Michael Ingham, Principal Secretary to the Primate, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, (416) 924-9192; Mrs. Diane Marshall (Family therapist, Report co-author) (416) 487-3613; Mrs. Phyllis Creighton (Research historian, Report co-author) (416) 978-2245
Subjects
Abortion - Law and legislation - Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sexual ethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Human embryo - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Medical ethics - Canada
Women's rights - Canada
Birth control - Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican Church Seeks Third Option in Abortion Debate: Neither Woman nor Foetus Should be Victim, Report Says

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Date
1988 May 13
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1988 May 13
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
For immediate release
Mississauga, May 13, 1988 -- The Anglican Church will today [EDITOR: Friday] attempt to define a third choice in the debate on therapeutic abortion.
A task force report to be delivered to the church's national executive council meeting here this afternoon, says: "Too often the abortion debate is couched in terms of a woman's right over her own body as against a foetus's right to life." It suggests the issue may be addressed from a new perspective in which neither the mother nor the foetus is required to serve as "victim."
"Christians hold a spectrum of personal views about the morality of abortion, from utter rejection of it to conviction that it is a personal ethical matter for a woman."
Either approach, the report suggests, is one-sided: either it ignores the cry of the unborn while trying to raise the status of women; or it remains indifferent to the plight of women while trying to protect the unborn.
The task force was convened in March to consider the Anglican Church's stance on abortion in light of the Supreme Court's decision in the Morgentaler case. That decision declared the provisions of the Criminal Code dealing with abortions to be unconstitutional. The church had previously expressed its support for the law.
The 15-page report recommends that the church continue to oppose unregulated access to abortion. The church, it says, sees abortion as "always a tragedy fraught with moral ambiguity...To resort to abortion lightly or casually is to degrade our humanity, to deny the responsibility and responsiveness of human nature."
SEEKING "TRUE" CHOICE
The report spends its greatest energy addressing the circumstances in which women "choose" abortion. In many cases, it says, the choice is hollow: When women choose to abort, it is frequently in coercive, lonely and grief-stricken circumstances where they feel completely unable to bear their child. Often the biggest problem facing the woman is her lack of a real social and economic support system. Many women who choose not to bear their children, then, make their decision out of alienation and hopelessness.
"For us as Christians, such despair cannot be left as the motive force...True choice must involve alternatives to despair."
The report says new legislation to regulate abortion should "establish procedures to make abortion available equitably across the country as a therapeutic measure for women whose pregnancies endanger their life or their physical or mental health." It says counselling should be required.
The report rejects the concept of legislating easy access to early abortion and more restricted access later in the term (after 12 weeks for example): "Abortion is always the taking of a human life and, in our view, should never be done except for serious therapeutic reasons. Any such line is arbitrary and seems to argue that the value of the foetus and the seriousness of abortion in the early stages will be discounted."
ABORTION OR POVERTY TOO OFTEN ONLY CHOICE
Noting that many women have a choice of aborting a foetus or bearing a child to live in poverty, the report urges an extensive program of social action to reduce conditions which make the choice of abortion more likely. It stresses the need for:
* more affordable housing;
* pay equity for women;
* a guaranteed annual income, and other financial measures "to secure the dignity -- indeed the survival -- of mothers and children;"
* universally accessible, publicly funded child care;
* an intensified national program to collect child support payments from delinquent fathers;
* better educational programs about sexuality, including contraception, in the schools;
* and other measures.
The council, which has been meeting since Wednesday, concludes late this afternoon.
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For further information contact: Doug Tindal, Director of Communications, Anglican Church of Canada, (416) 924-9192 ext 286, (416) 335-8349 residence
Subjects
Abortion - Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sexual ethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Women - Canada
Birth control - Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Anglican House of Bishops Clarifies Church's Position on Abortion

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Date
1985 February 20
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1985 February 20
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Toronto - Enclosed is a statement issued on Feb. 14, 1985 by the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada. It will appear in the March issue of the Church's national newspaper the Canadian Churchman.
As a further Anglican resource on the question two study guides published by the Church are available from the Anglican Book Centre, 600 Jarvis St., Toronto. They are:
Abortion: An Issue for Conscience ($6.95)
The Abortion Question ($2.25)
Note: These are NOT policy statements, they are published, as Archbishop Scott says in a forward, to "assist in your continuing reflections"...on "a serious and complex issue."
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For further information, please contact
Richard Berryman
Media Officer
Notes
Statement from the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada meeting in Mississauga, Ontario February 14, 1985
In response to current public concern about abortion, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada has expressed its continuing support for the position previously stated by the Church.
The Bishops draw attention to a statement presented in 1967 to the Federal Standing Committee on Health and Welfare on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada.
"We assert the general inviolability of the foetus and defend, as a first principle, its right to live and develop. We lay the burden of proof to the contrary on those who, in particular cases, wish to extinguish that right on the ground that it is in conflict with another right having a greater claim to recognition...We recommend that the only grounds justifying abortion to which the criminal code should refer should be serious threat to the life or health of the expectant mother...In cases where abortion is not indicated, the expectant mother should be given access to the skilled supportive services which can afford her the encouragement and help which she may need to continue the pregnancy and care for the child."
The House feels strongly that this statement expresses its mind at the present time and is the position from which further discussion of the issue should proceed.
The Bishops also draw attention to the resolution adopted in 1980 by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:
"That this General Synod, in proclaiming a Gospel of Life and Hope and Compassion for all of God's people, rejects the principle of 'abortion on demand' or for the reasons of convenience or economic or social hardship, and commits itself to strong support of:
a) such educational programs in the Church and comparable secular agencies which exist or may exist in the future for family life, birth control and social responsibility;
b) effective action to provide skilled counselling for families and individuals facing unwanted pregnancy;
c) community responsibility to ensure adequate practical help in the care and nurture of children."
This resolution is the official position of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Subjects
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Abortion - Law and legislation - Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Date
1969 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1969 August
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Mr. G.M. Wyant
Seconder
Dr. J. Merriman
Text
Whereas General Synod has pledged itself to pursue a vigorous campaign against hunger, and
Whereas starvation is linked with overpopulation in many of the emerging Nations, and
Whereas the birthrate in these countries far exceeds the death rate from all causes, thus compounding the problem,
Be it resolved therefore,
That this General Synod considers it imperative that any action to combat hunger be linked closely to a simultaneously conducted vigorous campaign of instruction in the techniques of birth control. CARRIED in both Houses.
Subjects
Birth control - Developing countries
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Developing countries
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Hunger - Developing countries
Hunger - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Population - Developing countries
Population - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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[Brief on Abortion]

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Date
1967 December 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1967 December 14
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Ottawa, Ontario - Abortion can be justified only when there is serious threat to the mother's life or health, the Anglican Church of Canada says in a brief presented to the standing committee on health and welfare today.
The church, while stating that it cannot agree with either the "abortion on demand" or "absolute prohibition" camps, makes proposals which depart from its long-standing tradition in opposition to abortion.
The brief states that termination of pregnancy may be a justifiable consideration when circumstances contribute to the impairment of a mother's health, reducing her ability to care for her family. It does not recognize overcrowding, insanitary housing and malnutrition as justifiable causes for abortion.
"We assert the general inviolability of the foetus and defend its right to live and develop," it states. "We lay the burden of proof to the contrary on those who wish to extinguish that right on the ground that it is in conflict with another right having a greater claim to recognition.
The brief says there is urgent need to amend Criminal Code clauses dealing with the dispensing of means and information of family planning methods and urges the government to give priority to these sections of the Code.
The brief states that prevention of unwanted pregnancies by contraceptive means is to be preferred to other alternatives. A widespread program of family life education, including family planning, must accompany any change in the Criminal Code dealing with contraception, it says.
In cases of alleged rape or incest, it should be the effect upon the mother's total health rather than the circumstances of the conception which provides a valid ground for ending the pregnancy, the brief says. It also suggests therapeutic abortions be considered by a hospital committee when diagnosis can indicate there is substantial risk of foetal abnormality. Abortion in such cases would be directed toward prevention of breakdown of the mother's health.
The brief was prepared by a team of 24 persons, composed of bishops, clergy, laymen and women, both married and unmarried. The committee, appointed by Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, primate of the church, represented a wide range of professions.
Subjects
Abortion - Law and legislation - Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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China's One Child Policy (009-07-00-05) (Amendments follow)

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Date
2000 May 4-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 34-05-00
Resolution 35-05-00
Resolution 36-05-00
Date
2000 May 4-7
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 34-05-00
Resolution 35-05-00
Resolution 36-05-00
Mover
Dean Steven Andrews
Seconder
Mr. Fraser Lawton
Prologue
Moved by: Mr. Jagdutt Singh
Seconded by: Mr. James Sweeny
That this Council of General Synod, having been informed that the One Child Policy is widely accepted among China's population, encourage Canadians to join the international encouragement of China's efforts to address its population growth and resultant social issues, and suggest to the Canadian government that any offer of Canadian intervention toward alleviating the People's Republic of China's negative results of the One Child Policy might include:
a) Bilateral discussion between Canadian and Chinese government officials, social planning scholars and practitioners on poverty and gender issues in China's and Canada's ongoing family planning and social development programs;
b) Bilateral and multilateral discussion between Chinese and other nations' governments and groups, especially India, where family planning is also intended to slow population growth, decrease poverty and improve the long term quality of life for people (India is also a country where female foeticide, infanticide and abandonment is practiced as a means to a second, preferably male child.)
Motion to Amend
Moved by: Mrs. Marguerite Denman
Seconded by: Mr. Ronald Stevenson
That the motion be amended to read:
That this Council of General Synod, having been informed that the One Child Policy is widely accepted among China's population, suggests to the Canadian government that any offer of Canadian intervention toward alleviating the People's Republic of China's negative results of the One Child Policy might include:
a) Bilateral discussion between Canadian and Chinese government officials, social planning scholars and practitioners on poverty and gender issues in China's and Canada's ongoing family planning and social development programs; CARRIED #34-05-00
Motion to Further Amend
Text
That the motion be further amended to read:
That this Council of General Synod, having been informed by the China Christian Council that the One Child Policy is widely accepted among China's population, suggests to the Canadian government that any offer of Canadian intervention toward alleviating the People's Republic of China's negative results of the One Child Policy might include:
a) Bilateral discussion between Canadian and Chinese government officials, social planning scholars and practitoners on poverty and gender issues in China's and Canada's ongoing family planning and social development programs; CARRIED #35-05-00
Notes
Main Motion Re One Child Policy as Amended
That this Council of General Synod, having been informed by the China Christian Council that the One Child Policy is widely accepted among China's population, suggests to the Canadian government that any offer of Canadian intervention toward alleviating the People's Republic of China's negative results of the One Child Policy might include:
a) Bilateral discussion between Canadian and Chinese government officials, social planning scholars and practitioners on poverty and gender issues in China's and Canada's ongoing family planning and social development programs. CARRIED #36-05-00
Subjects
Birth control - China
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - China
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Population - China
Population - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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The Family in contemporary society : theological considerations and a Canadian perspective

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Author
Parke-Taylor, Geoffrey Howard, 1920-2009
Publication Date
c1983
Material Type
Book
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
Call Number
HQ 1051 P3F3 1983
Author
Parke-Taylor, Geoffrey Howard, 1920-2009
Place
Toronto ON
Publisher
Anglican Book Centre
Publication Date
c1983
Physical_Description
20 p. ; 21.5 x13.7 cm.
Material Type
Book
Notes
"[By] Geoffrey Parke-Taylor".
"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.
Subjects
Family - Canada
Family - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sex - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Abortion - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Artificial insemination, Human - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Lambeth Conference, 1958
Call Number
HQ 1051 P3F3 1983
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
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[Jane Allen Returns to Family Planning Project]

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Date
1968 August 12
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Date
1968 August 12
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press Release
Text
Nearing the end of a furlough after seven years' service as a nurse in India for the Anglican Church of Canada, Jane E. Allen of London, Ontario, returned to the sub-continent in August to assist in a long-range educational project which aims to curb the rapidly-mounting birth rate.
The ecumenical Family Planning Project, started in 1966 by the Christian Medical Association of India, is backed by the government and the Indian National Council of Churches. Expansion of the work calls for eight teams, each consisting of a doctor, nurses and social workers. They will establish birth control programs at more than 400 hospitals and medical centres affiliated with the association. Medical staffs realize that present problems stem from the population explosion and efforts at a solution must be given top priority.
Irish-born Miss Allen will work in North India as she is fluent in Punjabi as well as the Hindustani language. She will be supported financially by the Anglican Church of Canada. Prior to her furlough she had been attached to Maple Leaf Hospital at Kangra, founded by Canadian Anglicans 60 years ago.
"The government is having difficulty in getting the largely illiterate population to practice family planning," said Miss Allen. "Parents still rely on their children for support in old age as no government assistance is provided. They believe that children are the gift of God and male descendants are important, particularly to Hindus."
Miss Allen said the Lippes Loop intra-uterine device, introduced on a mass scale in 1965, has played a useful role, but care must be taken in educating people regarding its function and proper use. Conventional methods for birth control also are freely available, but family planning lags because of fear, prejudice, apathy and lack of education.
With a population of more than 500,000,000, India's birth rate stands about 41 per thousand, nearly three times as high as the current death rate which has been dramatically reduced in the last half century by improved medical services. Christian hospitals have contact with 12,000,000 people annually who would benefit from the proposed family planning program.
Miss Allen explained that each of the teams will visit two or three hospitals monthly, taking with them literature, equipment and a variety of visual aids. They will hold classes for doctors, nurses and hospital maintenance staff who will develop family planning programs under competent medical leadership.
After training as a nurse in England, Miss Allen had three years' experience in the United States before coming to Canada where she took a course at the Anglican Women's Training College here. She went to India in 1961.
Subjects
Allen, Jane E.
Missionaries, Medical - Anglican Church of Canada
Birth control - India
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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More About Family Life

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Author
Barrow, Owen G. (Owen Gore), d. 1983
Scott, Elton, 1893-1961
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
News and Notes for Clergy [Council for Social Service]
Date
1947 February 20
Author
Barrow, Owen G. (Owen Gore), d. 1983
Scott, Elton, 1893-1961
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
News and Notes for Clergy [Council for Social Service]
Date
1947 February 20
Issue
4
Page
1-12
Notes
"The Canadian Family. In Bulletin No. 128 we dealt with evident trends in the size of Canadian families. It presented a fateful picture. Here we publish a statement by Professor Elton Scott of Bishop's College pointing out the dangers and challenging our Church people, and Canadians generally, to face the issue. We thank the author for his article, and `The Mitre' (of Bishop's College) for its courtesy in allowing us to republish it."
"Sex Instruction in the Parish. Intimately related to the well-being of family life is the matter of instruction regarding sex. Since we believe that this should be given in a spiritual setting and that religious sanctions are not the greatest safeguards of the sex life and of the family, the clergy are necessarily interested. .... The Reverend Gore Barrow, rector of Schreiber, who formerly had useful contacts in this field while in a parish in England, has written this article at our request. We are grateful for his assistance". -- [Foreword].
Contents: [Foreword] / W.W. Judd -- Sex Instruction in the Parish / Owen G. Barrow -- The Decrease in the Birth-Rate : What Does It Mean for Canada ? / Elton Scott -- From the G.B.R.E. Supplies Department : Literature for Sale -- Pertinent Books in The Council's Library
Issue bound in volume with Council for Social Service Bulletins 131-146 (1947-1950).
Subjects
Family - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Family life education - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Sex - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Population - Canada
Birth control - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Contraception - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Childbirth - Canada - Statistics
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