Church Issues Statement on Abortion

    “Church Issues Statement on Abortion,” Ensign, July 1976, 76

    Church Issues Statement on Abortion

    To reaffirm the policy of the Church concerning abortion, the First Presidency is publishing the following official statement on this subject:

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

    “Abortion is one of the most revolting and sinful practices in this day, when we are witnessing the frightening evidence of permissiveness leading to sexual immorality.

    “Members of the Church guilty of being parties to the sin of abortion are subject to the disciplinary action of the councils of the Church as circumstances warrant. In dealing with this serious matter, it would be well to keep in mind the word of the Lord stated in the 59th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, verse 6, ‘Thou shalt not steal; neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do anything like unto it.’

    “As far as has been revealed, the sin of abortion is one for which a person may repent and gain forgiveness.”