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What is the Church’s position on abortion?

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In 1973, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding abortion, which is still applicable today:

“The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.”

  • It is only to be done if the mother is at serious medical risk or mental trauma do to rape. Even then it is after seeking counsel from presiding priesthood authority and after confirmation in prayer. An abortion is considered ending or denying a person their right to live and experience life for themselves. That is why it is so important to us to exhaust every option before deciding on abortion. Show more

  • It is not a matter to be taken lightly. Speak with your bishop, as each circumstance is different. Here is the full answer. In 1973, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding abortion, which is still applicable today: “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” Show more

  • The LDS church opposes the practice of abortion and counsels member not to submit to or perform an abortion, except in rare cases. Often, I hear phrases like, "a fetus isn't 'a human', it's a bunch of cells" from friends and from the media. It's as though the human mind has presumed to determine when "meaningful life" begins! And nearly all legislation pertaining to abortion considers the duration of gestation. A new life begins when two special cells unite to become one unique cell, bringing together 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 from the mother. Each of these individual chromosomes contain thousands of genes! In a extraordinary process involving a combination of genetic coding (by which all the basic human characteristics of the unborn person are established), a new DNA complex is formed. A continuum of growth results in a new human being. Approximately 22 days after the two cells have united and a little heart begins to beat. At 26 days the circulation of blood begins. In my opinion, attempting to determine when a developing life is considered “meaningful” is presumptive and quite arbitrary. For additional information, see "Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless" by Elder Russell M. Nelson on lds.org. Show more

  • Abortion is a serious matter which is opposed by the Church. The only cases in which abortion is acceptable is when, in the opinion of competent medical council, the life of the mother in is serious danger, or when the pregnancy was caused by rape and causes serious emotional trauma. Even when those cases are present, it is only done after counseling with the local priesthood authority, and recieveing divine confirmation through the Holy Ghost. In any other case abortion is termination of life. In other words, Murder. Which is contrary to the commandments of God and against the will of God. Show more

  • We are all children of God and we all deserve a full chance to learn from this life. None of us should end a life earlyer then God has indicated. I know that we all need to come to earth to be given a body and a chance to learn and grow, that is our purpose to our life here. We are here to prepare to live with God again. None of us should deny someone the oppertunity that God gave us. Show more

  • The Church recognizes some circumstances that may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Show more

  • Parenting is a gift from, and a partnership with, God. There are rare circumstances where, with the approprobation of God, there might be a reason to terminate a pregnancy. But that's a decision to made only after much prayer and both medical and ecclesiastical counseling. The larger principle here is that joy comes of making God a full partner in marriage, and of bringing children into the world within the bounds of marriage. Show more

  • The Church opposes abortion, and only in rare cases is it allowed and even then you should talk to counselors and your bishop to see what is best. Every life is important even the ones growing inside us they are humans they do have souls and so we should treat them as such a human with its own rights. Show more

  • The church strongly opposes abortion. One of the amazing gifts our Heavenly Father has given us is the power of creation. We have been blessed with the ability to create bodies for His beloved children. Life is precious and we should not willfully wrench the chance to live from anyone, whether or not they are fully developed. Approxiamately 25 years ago, a teenage girl found herself pregant. She was nowhere near ready to be a mother, and knew that pregnancy would completely throw her life off track. But instead of "getting rid of the problem," she chose to give the baby a chance -- a chance to live, grow, and love life the way she did. After a difficult nine months, she gave the baby up for adoption to a couple who were ready to raise a child. It was one of the hardest things she ever had to do, but as a result, she learned a great deal and has received many, many blessings. I am so grateful that my birth-mother chose to see me as a human being, rather than a "problem." Show more

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