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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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International Anglican Family Network : Women and the Family

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Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican World
Date
2002 Trinity
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican World
Date
2002 Trinity
Issue
106
Page
[25]-[36]
Notes
Issue of IAFN Newsletter included as part of the Anglican World for Trinity 2002. An editorial and series of short reports from different agencies and countries about women and the "economic and social changes ... affecting the role of women in the family." "Research shows that the educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy for reducing poverty."
Subjects
International Anglican Family Network (IAFN)
Women - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Women - Economic conditions
Family - Religious aspects - Anglican Communion
Women - Uganda
Women - Nigeria
Women - Religious aspects - Church of Nigeria
Women - Kenya
Alcoholism - Kenya
Alcoholism - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Kenya
Women - Sudan
Women - Economic conditions - Sudan
Women - Congo
Women - Zaire
Women - Congo (Democratic Republic)
Women - India
Women - Religious aspects - Church of South India
Church of South India. Diocese of Tirunelveli
Women - Lebanon
Women - Hong Kong (China)
Women - Religious aspects - Holy Catholic Church in Hong Kong
Family - New Zealand
Family - Canada
Mothers' Union - Anglican Church of Canada
Women - Canada
Family - England
Women - England
Women - United States
Women - Papua New Guinea
Family violence - Papua New Guinea
Family violence - Religious aspects - Church of the Province of Melanesia
Family violence - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
Violence against women - India
Violence against women - Religious aspects - Church of the Province of Melanesia
Violence against women - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
Mothers' Union. Literacy and Development Programme
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Meech Lake Accord

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Date
1987 October 19-21
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 44-10-87
Date
1987 October 19-21
Source
National Executive Council. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 44-10-87
Mover
Mrs. H. Woolley
Seconder
Ms. J. McCann
Text
That the National Executive Council requests the Primate to convey to the Prime Minister, the Premiers of the Provinces and the Territorial Government Leaders our opposition to the process being followed by the Governments of Canada and the Provinces as embodied in the Meech Lake Accord, and express to them our grave concern about:
a) the negation of the rights of Native people, including the right to be consulted;
b) the diminution of the rights of women and the recognition of men and women as equal persons;
c) the denial of the rights of the Northwest Territories and Yukon to participate fully in Canadian political and public life.
Moved by Ven. A.R. Reed
Seconded by: Dr. L.L. Whytehead
That the words "the negation of", "the diminution of", and "the denial of" be deleted. DEFEATED
The original motion was put and CARRIED #44-10-87
Subjects
Meech Lake Constitutional Accord (1987)
Christianity and politics - Anglican Church of Canada
Canada - Constitution
Indigenous peoples - Canada - Anglican Church of Canada
Indigenous peoples - Canada
Women - Canada
Northwest Territories
Yukon Territory
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Through the glass clearly: Canadian women's education, work and sexuality

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/676
Publication Date
1984
Material Type
Book
Location
General Synod Archives
Call Number
SD80 .S35
Place
Toronto
Publisher
The Student Christian Movement of Canada
Publication Date
1984
Physical_Description
[110 p.] : illus.
Material Type
Book
Subjects
Women - Canada
Women - Canada - Education
Women - Canada - Employment
Location
General Synod Archives
Call Number
SD80 .S35
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Women in the Post War World

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article31811
Author
Hewelcke, Geoffrey
Whitton, Charlotte Elizabeth, 1896-1975
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Bulletin [Council for Social Service]
Date
1945 October 10
Author
Hewelcke, Geoffrey
Whitton, Charlotte Elizabeth, 1896-1975
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Bulletin [Council for Social Service]
Date
1945 October 10
Issue
123
Page
1-12 p.
Notes
"We are glad to present an article by Dr. Charlotte Whitton, C.B.E., church-woman and publicist, whose background in social welfare and international circles permits her to speak with authority. We commend her analysis of the position of women in the post-war world and her insistence upon the primary necessity of viewing the problems of the day, local or world-wide, from the spiritual point of view. For women, as for men, Dr. Whitton contends that personal freedom, proper and not used as `a cloke of maliciousness', can be retained only as we continue to emphasize, with all its implications radiating out into organized life, the spiritual principle in man and the universe. Her appeal is in the first instance to Church women. The article is expanded from an address given by Dr. Whitton before a public meeting sponsored by the Woman's Auxiliary in the Diocese of Niagara, under the Chairmanship of the Rt. Reverend Bishop [Lewis W.B.] Broughall. Her challenge, however, widens out to all women in Canada". -- Note.
Contents: Note / W.W. Judd -- The Churchwoman in The Nation's Life / Charlotte Whitton -- Marriages Mended / Geoffrey Hewelcke.
Article "Marriages Mended" is reproduced from "Maclean's Magazine of 15 November. "In these post-war years one of the most pressing tasks of the pastoral ministry will be that of helping to knit up many marital separations and of preventing the breaking up of many marriages. .... Clergy will have to exercise their knowledge, wisdom and sympathy in helping the unhappy people involved. Not all cases will be amenable to cure. .... The Church's ministry is one of reconciliation where reconciliation if at all possible. The very few Family Courts in Canada are doing an extremely helpful work. Where there is no such Court the clergyman is among the best qualified to help -- and where there is such a Court, he is able, often, to advise and otherwise to assist." -- Foreword, p. 10.
Subjects
Women - Canada
Family - Canada
World War, 1939-1945 - Women - Canada
Women's rights - Canada
Women - Employment - Canada
Women - Religious life
Women - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Marriage - Canada
Marriage counselling - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Domestic relations courts - Canada
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