"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.