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 not the answer. This only compounds the problem. It is an evil
and repulsive escape that will someday bring regret and remorse.
Pres Gordon B. Hinckley (Gen Conf Oct 1994)
Except where the wicked crime of incest or rape was involved, or where competent
medical authorities certify that the life of the mother is in jeopardy, or that a severely
defective fetus cannot survive birth, abortion is clearly a "thou shalt not."
Even in these very exceptional cases, much sober prayer is required to make the right
Elder Boyd K. Packer (Gen Conf Oct 1990)
Whatever the laws of man may come to tolerate, the misuse of the power of procreation,
the destroying of innocent life through abortion, and the abuse of little children are
transgressions of enormous proportion. For cradled therein rests the destiny of innocent,
Elder Boyd K. Packer (Gen Conf Oct 1886)
"Abortion must be considered one of the most revolting and sinful practices in
this day. ... To interfere with any of the processes in the procreation of offspring is to
violate one of the most sacred of God's commandments."
Pres. Spencer W. Kimball (Ensign, May 1975
Let me mention just three examples of voices that are ungodly and powerful among
Satan's many proclamations. First, he says individual agency is justification for the
destruction of a human life through abortion; second, same-gender intimate associations
and even marriages are acceptable; and third, chastity and fidelity are old-fashioned and
narrow-minded-- to be sexually active with free expression is acceptable.
Elder Durrel A. Woolsey (Gen Conf Oct 1995)
The ultimate act of destruction is to take a life. That is why abortion is such a
serious sin. Our attitude toward abortion is not based on revealed knowledge of when
mortal life begins for legal purposes. It is fixed by our knowledge that according to an
eternal plan all of the spirit children of God must come to this earth for a glorious
purpose, and that individual identity began long before conception and will continue for
all the eternities to come. We rely on the prophets of God, who have told us that while
there may be "rare" exceptions, "the practice of elective abortion is
fundamentally contrary to the Lord's injunction, 'Thou shalt not... kill, nor do anything
like unto it' (Doctrine and Covenants 59:6)" (1991 Supplement to the 1989 General
Handbook of Instructions, p. 1).
Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Gen Con Oct 1993)
Abortion, which has increased enormously, causes one to ask, "Have we strayed so
far from God's second great commandment--love thy neighbor--that a baby in a womb no
longer qualifies to be loved--at least as a mother's neighbor?" Even so, violence to
an unborn child does not justify other violence!
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (Gen Conf Apr 1993)
That which should be absolutely private is disrobed and acted out center stage. In the
shadows backstage are addiction, pornography, perversion, infidelity, abortion, incest,
and molestation. In company with them now is a plague of biblical proportion. And all of
them are on the increase.
Elder Boyd K. Packer (Gen Conf Apr 1992)
I know of no sins connected with the moral standard for which we cannot be forgiven. I do not exempt abortion. The formula is stated in forty words:
"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord I
, remember them no more. 'By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins-behold, he
will confess them and forsake them" (D&C 58:42-43). Our Moral Environment: I will
remember your sins no more However long and painful the process of repentance.
Elder Boyd K. Packer (Gen Conf Apr 1992)
Early in his presidency, our beloved President Spencer W. Kimball said, "We decry
abortions and ask our people to refrain from this serious transgression."
Elder Russell M. Nelson (Gen Conf Apr 1985)