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Anglican Church affirms its position on abortion

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7233
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

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official9060
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.
- END -
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

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1843
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.
- 30 -
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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Crucified by fire, resurrected in a shower

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article32597
Author
Meadows, Mary Louise
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Magazine
Date
1990 January 15
Author
Meadows, Mary Louise
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Magazine
Date
1990 January 15
Page
13-15
Notes
The author serves in the Flemingdon Park Ministry in a "densely populated, low-income neighbourhood in Toronto .... Our focus is on women and youth -- over-represented and under-served in this community. The immigrant populations appear to move in and out of high-rise rental units with great frequency, and during their brief residency in our neighbourhood avail themselves of language programs and job training to help then adjust to Canada. The Anglican church -- indeed Christianity -- is not one of the faith traditions or cultural supports they either have or seek. Our ministry to them seems best accomplished through inter-agency support for literacy and employment programs, as well as interfaith co-operation in community life (p. 13)".
Subjects
Flemingdon Park Ministry (Toronto, Ont.)
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Toronto
Inner cities - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
Women - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with women - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with immigrants - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the poor - Anglican Church of Canada
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Kit addresses economic issues for women

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article22717
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Ministry Matters
Date
1996 February
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Ministry Matters
Date
1996 February
Volume
3
Issue
1
Page
7
Notes
The Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty (FFP) has produced a kit to help women wanting to work together on issues of economic justice. Entitled `Women Liberating Economics', the kit is intended for use by women who want to deepen their understanding of why women are poor and how poverty affects them, and who want to work with other women to do something about it."
Subjects
Women Liberating Economics
Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty
Poor women - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Economic justice - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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Poverty workshop held

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article41444
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1989 December
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1989 December
Volume
115
Issue
10
Page
5
Notes
"The first in a series of workshops to be held across the country on the feminine face of poverty was convened [in Tatamagouche, N.S.] recently with about 70 women from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island attending." The workshops are being organized by the Ecumenical Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty, "a national group whose mandate is to provide vehicles for women to speak about the experience of poverty and to enable the church and society to hear the voices of women in poverty".
Subjects
Ecumenical Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty
Poverty - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
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Poverty workshop held

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article1411
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1989 December
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
1989 December
Volume
115
Issue
10
Page
5
Notes
"The first in a series of workshops to be held across the country on the feminine face of poverty was convened [in Tatamagouche, N.S.] recently with about 70 women from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island attending." The workshops are being organized by the Ecumenical Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty, "a national group whose mandate is to provide vehicles for women to speak about the experience of poverty and to enable the church and society to hear the voices of women in poverty".
Subjects
Ecumenical Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty
Poverty - Canada
Poverty - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
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Women liberating economics : a kit about the experience of women being on the economic margins in Canada

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog2448
Publication Date
1995
Material Type
Book
Location
U. of T. Libraries
Call Number
HC 120 T3W6 1995
Corporate Author
Task Force on the Feminine Face of Poverty
Place
Toronto ON
Publisher
Distributed for the Task Force by the Ecumenical Decade Coordinating Group
Publication Date
1995
Physical_Description
kit : 8, 16, 2, [1], 4, 8, 8, 20 : ill. (incl. music)
Material Type
Book
Notes
"The kit is designed as a report of the experience of the Taskforce of the Feminine Face of Poverty as it worked to raise the issue of women living in poverty both in Canadian churches and in communities across Canada. The kit is designed as a collection of resources which were used by the FFP over a period of eight years. These resources include a variety of workshop tools that can be adapted for different situations" -- Intro. p. 1.
Contents [in eight separate sections] : Background : Drawing the Picture of Women and Poverty : It's a Fine Line -- Tools -- Resources -- Additional Resources -- Part 1 : Introduction -- Part 2 : Finding Our Way -- Part 3 : Liberating Economics -- Part 4 : "A Rose in the Winter-time".
The Anglican Church of Canada is a funding member of the Task Force.
Added Entry
Ecumenical Decade Coordinating Group
Subjects
Poor women - Canada
Women - Canada - Economic conditions
Women and poverty - Canada
Women and poverty - Religious aspects - Christianity
Women - Religious life
Poverty - Canada
Women's liturgies
Call Number
HC 120 T3W6 1995
Location
U. of T. Libraries
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'You see them heal' : Sue Garvey's passion for helping the homeless paves way for $11-million Ottawa facility

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article36074
Author
Knight, Keith
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2010 February
Author
Knight, Keith
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2010 February
Volume
136
Issue
2
Page
1, 7
Notes
"For most of her life, Sue Garvey has felt a responsibility to help women overcome poverty, especially when it results in homelessness. She will tell you that everybody needs a permanent home to feel secure and to have a sense of self-worth. 'The minute they move into housing, you see them heal', she says of her experience with women and children who are the direct recipients of community-building efforts. For the past 14 years, Garvey has worked tirelessly in Ottawa as the director of Cornerstone Housing for Women. She oversees three residences: an emergency shelter that provides a bed for 55 women each night, and two permanent housing facilities that provide 26 units. Now, thanks to her persistence over the last five years in particular, a new 42-unit apartment complex is scheduled to open in the spring of 2011".
Subjects
Garvey, Sue
Homeless persons - Canada
Homeless persons - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Poor women - Canada
Poor women - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Ottawa
Cornerstone Housing for Women (Ottawa, Ont.)
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