THAT this General Synod, while admitting the necessity of therapeutic abortion in special circumstances, rejects the policy of abortion on demand and directs National Executive Council to petition the governments with respect hereto and take all necessary action to promote both education for family planning and measures in support of families and individuals facing serious difficulties in this area.
An amendment to this motion was
Moved by: Dr. L.L. Whytehead
Seconded by: Mr. Desmond R. Smith
That this General Synod take all necessary action to promote both education for family planning and measures in support of families and individuals facing unwanted pregnancy, such as skilled Christian counselling, and emphasize the loving concern of the Church for those involved, whatever their final decision.
An amendment to the amendment
THAT this General Synod, while admitting the necessity of therapeutic abortion in special circumstances - as spelled out in our 1967 brief to Government, commends the Government of Canada for the present law which is in accordance with this philosophy. We respectfully request that this law be rigidly enforced so that abortion on demand be not possible and take all necessary action including general distribution of our brief throughout the Church, to promote both education for family planning and measures in support of families and individuals facing serious difficulties in this area.
Motion to refer was DEFEATED IN ORDER OF DELEGATES.
Chancellor Ryan, on behalf of the Assessors, then ruled that the vote on the amendment was to be taken next.
The amendment was DEFEATED IN ORDER OF DELEGATES.
The amendment to the amendment was then presented as a second amendment to the motion.
This amendment CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS.
The motion, as amended CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS. Act 18
Moved by: Mr. P.J. Andrewes
Seconded by: The Rev. R. Stockall
"That this General Synod stand for one minute of silent prayers for all those human lives which have been killed by abortion in Canada by the present state of the law".
This motion was withdrawn by the mover and seconder. In doing so, the mover said that he was responding to the personal request of the Primate, who had assured him that he had the right to put the motion if he insisted, but that several people had indicates to the Primate that it amounted to moral blackmail, would be unfair to those who disagreed, and would divide the Synod. Mr. Andrewes stated that he did not agree with these objections, but was acceding to the Primate's request.
"The question of abortion is one of the most deeply felt and hotly debated public issues in Canada today. The focus of the current dispute is the Criminal Code, as amended by Parliament in August 1969, but it is quite evident that the debate about abortion and the law is only one manifestation of wide philosophical, religious, and ethical rifts in Canadian culture." "The abortion controversy, then, presents an inescapable challenge to the Christian church, as a responsible teacher of faith and morals". "It is greatly to the credit of the Anglican Church of Canada that she has both seen her duty in this matter and tried to do something about it. For one thing, General Synod has repeatedly addressed itself to the question of abortion." "In the opinion of a number of critics, one major weakness of `Abortion, An Issue for Conscience' is its lack of solid philosophical and theological foundations. .... Such, in fact, is the judgment of the contributors to the present symposium, and their chief aim is to carry the philosophical and theological discussion further than `Abortion, An Issue for Conscience' manages to do. .... Of the seven contributors -- four men and three women -- all are Anglican Christians. We share a principled aversion to the acceptance of abortion as a `solution' for economic, psychological, and social problems." -- Preface.
Contents: Contributors -- Preface dated 25 April 1975 / Eugene Fairweather and Ian Gentles -- Abortion and Rights : The Value of Political Freedom / Sheila and George Grant -- The Unborn Citizen : Do We Need a Law Against Abortion ? / Ian Gentles -- The Bible and the Unborn Child : Reflections on Life Before Birth / Harley Smyth -- The Child as Neighbour : Abortion as a Theological Issue / Eugene Fairweather -- Feminism and Abortion : A Few Hidden Grounds / Marnie de Varent -- Life Before Birth : The Medical Evidence / Karen Colden.
"1st printing May 1974. 2nd printing June 1974". -- verso of t.-p.
"[E]dited by Phyllis Creighton". -- verso of t,-p.
"The report, researched and edited by Phyllis Creighton" -- Foreword.
Includes bibliography, p. 38-39.
Contents: Foreword dated December 1973 / Edward W. Scott, Primate -- Introduction -- Preamble: our faith -- Why the issue of abortion is being re-examined -- Contemporary Canadian society -- Understanding the theological and moral stand taken in 1967 -- Consequences of the 1969 law reform -- Recommendations of the Task Force -- Specific recommendations for action -- Conclusion -- Short statement -- Bibliography -- Appendix.
Appendix includes: "Paragraphs 3 to 20 of the 'Brief on Abortion from the Anglican Church of Canada to the Standing Committee on Health and Welfare, House of Commons', presented by delegation on Thursday, December 14, 1967, in Ottawa".
Appendix includes: "Task Force on Human Life: Interim Report", pp. 43-47 which makes brief reference to the questions of organ donation and in vitro fertilization.