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Gospel Principles by the Mormons




Abortion

In today’s society, abortion has become a common practice, defended by deceptive arguments. If you face questions
about this matter, you can be secure in following the revealed will of the Lord. Latter-day prophets have denounced abortion, referring to the Lord’s declaration, “Thou shalt not . . . kill, nor do anything like unto it” (D&C 59:6). Their counsel on the matter is clear: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. If you encourage an abortion in any way, you may be subject to Church discipline.

Jesus Christ MormonMormon Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances
may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the
result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother
is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious
jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical
authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby
to survive beyond birth. But even these circumstances do not
automatically justify an abortion. Those who face such
circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting
with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation
through earnest prayer.

When a child is conceived out of wedlock, the best option
is for the mother and father of the child to marry and work
toward establishing an eternal family relationship. If a
successful marriage is unlikely, they should place the child for
adoption, preferably through LDS Family Services

(see “Adoption”).

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