"The Board for Social Responsibility inaugurates, from time to time, serious studies of difficult social questions. The present study, on the medical termination of pregnancy, takes its place in a series which has included `Ought Suicide to be a Crime ?' (1959), `Artificial Insemination by Donor' (1960), `Sterilization : An Ethical Enquiry' (1962), and `Decisions about Life and Death' (1965). .... Like all the studies in this series, the Report carries with it no authority beyond that of the group which has created it. This authority is indeed weighty enough in itself, but it would become less so if it were presented as already carrying some ecclesiastical authority, when it is intended to help Christians and others to think rightly about an extremely difficult subject". -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword dated 25 October 1965 / Ronald Leicester [i.e. Ronald Williams, Bishop of Leicester], Chairman, Church Assembly Board for Social Responsibility -- Members of the Committee [chaired by The Rev. Canon I.T. Ramsey] -- Acknowledgements -- Table of Contents -- Why the Question is now important -- Is Abortion a Proper Concern of the Law ? -- The Basis of a Relevant Law -- Particular Cases -- Looking beyond the Law -- Summary of the Report -- Appendix 1: A Hospital Broadsheet on Termination of Pregnancy on Psychiatric Grounds -- Appendix 2: A Specimen Bill with Commentary.
"[W]ith Contribution by George Appleton, Meredith Davies, Michael Hare Duke, John Hughes, Donald Lynch, Lloyd Morrell, Olive Parker, Arthur Smith, Chad Varah".
"[W]ith a Foreword by the Archbishop of York".
"'What is the Church doing ? Engaging in debate -- on canons, liturgical revision, parson's freehold, relationship with the State, new morality, re-union, and what have you. Talk , talk, talk !' .... But behind the talk there goes on, quietly and more often than not unnoticed by the press and public, the steady work of compassion by which the Church has been characterised ever since it received its commission from its divine Lord. .... The value of this book is that it tells, simply and straightforwardly, the story of how the Church of England is meeting her Lord's challenge in certain spheres. And a wonderful story it is. Work among would-be suicides, the nervously and mentally distressed, alcoholics, victims of vice, prisoners, the mentally feeble, and so on -- it passes before us as we read these chapters in a series of vivid pictures". --Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Donald Ebor. i.e. Coggan, Archbishop of York -- Editor's Preface / Peter Smith -- Care for Those Without Hope: The Samaritans / Chad Varah -- Clinical Theology in Action / Michael Hare Duke -- The Church and the Alcoholic / J.T. Hughes -- All Sorts and Conditions: The Social Work of the Church Army / Donald M. Lynch -- Father Joe: The Fight Against Vice / George Appleton -- The Church and the Prisoner / Meredith Davies -- Moral Welfare Work: A Sketch / J.H.L. Morrell -- Ready for Anything: The Servants of Christ the King / Olive Parker -- The Rural Priest as Social Worker / A.C. Smith.