What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Official 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.”

  • Abortion is Murder. We are all spirit Children of God, we come to earth to gain a body and prepare to return to live with him. We chose to come to earth, knowing that it would be our time to progress. We can overcome sin through the Power of the Atonement. If we are obediant to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can recieve Eternal Life where full joy is rewarded to us. Only in special cases is abortion aloud, and must be authorized by presiding church authority. Some rare cases are in which the pregancy is caused from rape, and caues serious emotional trauma in the mother or in other health cases in which the life of the mother is endangered. In deciding whether abortion is neccessary, the decision is taken to God in prayer and to his ordained servants. Show more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • We don't practice abortion except in the most extreme medical crisis. The power to procreate is a sacred gift given to our Heavenly Fathers children. Each child is a gift from God and to kill the child no matter how early in the pregnancy is to creates an effectual separation from God. Show more

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  • 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

  • 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

  • The Church's stand on abortion is opposed. We do not believe in denying someone the chance to live. 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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