"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.
A description of the author's "research travels totalling 12,000 zig-zagging miles across the widest part of Africa". p. 2. [Account of the author's travels in Liberia, Ghana, Dahomey, Nigeria, Upper Volta, Niger, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Somali Republic.]
Contents: Dedication -- Incredible Safari -- "The Man Who Beats the Drum" -- Christopher Columbus and Kwame Nkrumah -- Traffic Jam in a Pirate Port -- On Trek with Stanley -- The Thunder God Strikes Again -- School for Headhunters' Children -- Beehive on a Plateau -- Heroes without Haloes -- "The the Elephant Charged" -- Wind of the White Horsemen -- A Sultan and a Saint -- Crosses in the Sahara -- Initiation Ordeal -- "Let My People Go" -- The Queen of Sheba's Land -- Boots in the Offering Plate -- The Witchdoctor's Prophecy -- The Trail Blazers -- Snake Dancers and Backsliders -- Of Missionaries and Demons -- The Place No Doctor Would Live -- Cinnamon and Daggers -- The Crime Worse than Murder -- Epilog: from the Edge of Africa -- A Short Bibliography -- Index.
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