You can’t support abortion and be a good Latter-day Saint.
I have been debating writing this for a while, knowing that I will receive personal attacks for it. But this morning I received a clear prompting, that “come what may” I need to write this. Also note, when I reference abortion I am not talking about the less than 3% that are for medical or due to rape/incest, but rather the 97% of abortions that are elective.
For Latter-day Saints, abortion is not a matter of Liberal vs Conservative, Democrat vs Republican, or even Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life. Abortion is a matter of prophetic declaration. There is zero gray area when it comes to Latter-day Saints and the topic of elective abortion. Multiple prophets have made crystal clear that the Lord does not condone, and in fact, condemns abortion and those who advocate it. Our prophet, speaking on behalf of the Lord declared: “As a servant of the Lord, I dutifully warn those who advocate and practice abortion that they incur the wrath of Almighty God” Russell M. Nelson (“Reverence for life”, April 1985). President Kimball declared: “This Church of Jesus Christ opposes abortion and counsels all members not to submit to nor participate in any abortion, in any way, for convenience or to hide sins. Abortion must be considered one of the most revolting and sinful practices in this day.” Spencer W. Kimball (“Why Call Me Lord, Lord, and Do Not the Things Which I Say?” April 1975). And he also said, “Members of the Church guilty of being parties to the sin of abortion must be subjected to the disciplinary action of the councils of the Church as circumstances warrant.” (“The Sanctity of Life” April 1975)
Above and beyond supporting abortion being Anti-Latter-day Saint, supporting abortion is actually anti-Christian. Did Christ not declare that “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35) and did He declare that second only to loving God is the command to “Love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt 22:39) Elder Maxwell asked, “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?” Neal A. Maxwell (“Behold, the Enemy Is Combined” April 1993).
What about choice?
Some member will object, but what about the women’s right to choose? To that President Nelson rebuttals, “Another contention raised is that a woman is free to choose what she does with her own body. To a certain extent this is true for all of us. We are free to think. We are free to plan. And then we are free to do. But once an action has been taken, we are never free from its consequences. Those considering abortion have already exercised certain choices.” Russell M. Nelson (“Reverence for life”, April 1985). He also taught, “When the controversies about abortion are debated, “individual right of choice” is invoked as though it were the one supreme virtue. That could only be true if but one person were involved. The rights of any one individual do not allow the rights of another individual to be abused. In or out of marriage, abortion is not solely an individual matter. Terminating the life of a developing baby involves two individuals with separate bodies, brains, and hearts. A woman’s choice for her own body does not include the right to deprive her baby of life—and a lifetime of choices that her child would make.” Russell M. Nelson (“Abortion: An Assult on the Defenseless”, Ensign, Oct 2008)
What about rape, incest, and health reasons?
Like I said at the beginning, I am not addressing the 3% of abortions caught by this caveat, but I will quote President Packer. “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 choice.” Boyd K. Packer (“Covenants” Oct 1999)
Other members will object, that abortion is their opinion and that they can be pro-abortion yet a good Latter-day Saint. The real root of this idea is a question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I a Latter-day Saint first? Or does my political ideology come before my religion?” If the prophet speaks out against your political ideology, be it about the legalization of marijuana, abortion, same-sex marriage, or about welfare, refugees, and illegal immigrants, when the prophets, on behalf of the Lord, speaks, the debate ends. If you refuse to follow the Prophet than you are using your agency to act in direct opposition to the Lord and His servants.
The Celestial Kingdom is not going to be inhabited with “Democrat Latter-day Saints” or “Republican Latter-day Saints” or even “Libertarian Latter-day Saints” but rather those who put their faith before politics, who follow the prophet and are faithful to their covenants. President Benson made this clear when he declared, “All objections, whether they be on abortion, plural marriage, seventh-day worship, [marijuana, abortion, same-sex marriage, welfare, refugees, illegal immigrants] etc., hinge on whether Joseph Smith and his successors were and are prophets of God receiving divine revelation.” Ezra Taft Benson (First President Message, Ensign, Jan 1988)
Coming full circle, the Lord has spoken, and ours is the duty, ya the covenant obligation to obey Him. If we need to change our politics to align with our God then we must! For surely if we change our God to align with our politics we will be in for a rude awakening when we come face to face with God whom we have forsaken. Our prophet warns of this when he said: “But as loud voices argue on, let us remember that those who advocate abortion have already been born! Those who freely deny God with their amoral and agnostic practices will one day find that He may just as freely deny them!” Russell M. Nelson (Protect the Spiritual Power Line, Nov 1984).
Taking a Righteous Stand.
Now that we have fully established that a righteous Latter-day Saint will not support abortion President Tanner poses the question, “Do we fight against the evils around us—pornography, abortion, tobacco, alcohol, drugs? Do we have the courage to stand up for our convictions? Can we truly say we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ?” N. Eldon Tanner (“Put on the Whole Armor of God” April 1979). So how do we stand? Are we to object obnoxiously and vocally? The answer to that is a resounding no! So what are we to do, how are we to stand? President Packer gave an insight when he taught: “When one knows the doctrine, parenthood becomes a sacred obligation, the begetting of life a sacred privilege. Abortion would be unthinkable.” Boyd K. Packer (“The Mystery of Life” Oct 1983). We need to stand up, speak out, and fight for something, not just against something. we are not just anti-abortion, but we are pro-life, pro-adoption, pro-family!
For more quotes concerning about see this quote collection: 18 Powerful Quotes From Latter-day Prophets and Apostles Concerning Abortion.