110 Primary Sources


George A. Smith reports the death of De. Dennison who was imprisoned for procuring an abortion.


John Taylor makes reference to the tolerance of "the abortionists, male and female, that pollute our land" as part of a sermon denouncing the hypocrisy of U. S. Officials.


Erastus Snow contrasts the Latter-day Saint reverence for the sanctity of life with the "Eastern cities" who are "destroying their offspring."

Nov 8, 1890

George Q. Cannon lists abortion among a list of "abominable evils."

Mar 24, 1941

Harlan F. Stone tells Charles Evans Hughes that Jehovah's Witnesses have been great advocates for religious freedom.

Oct 1961

Delbert Stapley references "the disgraceful abortion racket" during the October 1961 General Conference.

Oct 1970

Ezra Taft Benson denounces politicians who support birth control and abortion during the October 1970 General Conference.


SCOTUS rules that Amish are not required to send children to school.

Mar 1973

First Presidency 1973 statement on abortion; opposes abortions except in rare cases where health of mother is endangered or child conceived by rape.

Apr 1975

Spencer W. Kimball says that we should consider abortion one of the most evil practices.

Apr 1975

James E. Faust eaches that making abortion legal "is consummately wrong."

Oct 1978

Ensign article encouraging members to oppose abortion publicly.


BOM scriptural basis for deception and intelligence gathering.

Oct 1983

Boyd K. Packer teaches that if we know the gospel of Jesus Christ, "abortion would be unthinkable."

Oct 1983

Gordon B. Hinckley teaches that those who push abortion are "diametrically opposed to the standards of the gospel."

Jan 1984

Tikva Frymer-Kensky argues that the ordeal of bitter water does not refer to abortion.

Oct 1986

Boyd K. Packer speaks of the blessings of children, and condemns violence against and mistreatment of them, including abortion.

Oct 1987

Ruseel M. Nelson says that governments that legalize abortion experience "the wrath of God."

Jan 11, 1991

The Church issues statement on abortion and not taking a legislative position.

Apr 1993

Neal A. maxwell says that unborn babies are mother's neighbors.

May 1993

The Ensign reports on the Church's Support for Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Oct 1993

Dallin H. Oaks talks about abortion in General Conference; abortion is "serious sin" and "ultimate act of destruction."

Feb 1994

Ensign reports on the Church welcoming the Religious Freedom Act being signed into U.S. Law.

May 18, 1996

Gordon B. Hinckley explains position of political neutrality, barring moral issues.


Michael Gorman argues that the New Testament potentially refers to and condemns abortifacients.

Oct 1998

Gordon H. Hinckley calls abortion "an evil" in General Conference.

Oct 1998

Gordon B. Hinckley denounces abortion in General Conference as ugly and debasing.

Feb 9, 1999

Dallin H. Oaks specifically addresses the "free agency" argument for legalized abortion.


John H. Walton et al. provide interpretation of Numbers 5:27; potentially an induced miscarriage.


Didache forbids abortion and infanticide in connection with magic and potions.


Jack G. Partain interprets Numbers 5:11-31 as a pregnant woman is guilty of adultery, then the drink will cause an abortion, if not, then nothing will happen.


V. H. Matthews offers a scholarly interpretation of the ordeal of bitter water; not seen as an abortifacient.


Philip J. Budd interprets Numbers 5:11-31 as a ritual that causes an abortion if the woman is guilty of adultery.

Feb 10, 2003

Church involved in alcohol legislation.


Missionary instructions regarding abortion for baptismal interview.


Nili S. Fox's interpretation of Numbers 5:18; possibly refers to miscarriage.

Aug 14, 2004

New York Times reports on peyote and religious freedom.


Guttmacher Institute report on why women have abortions.


O.M. Bakke argues that Christianity led to a new cultural view of children and abortion.

Apr 1, 2006

Gordon B. Hinckley denounces racism and teaches "there is no basis for racial hatred" among Church members.

Aug 14, 2006

Dallin H. Oaks states homosexuality is a temptation, not a fundamental identity.

Jun 30, 2008

First Presidency explains Church's rationale for supporting Prop 8.

Aug 1, 2008

Church Newsroom posts the Formal Church statement on Prop 8 efforts.

Oct 2008

Russell M. Nelson gives talk on abortion, beginning of life, and freedom of choice.

Oct 8, 2008

Russell M. Nelson advocates for Prop 8; requests Church members to campaign actively, in a respectful manner, in one's community.

Jul 19, 2010

The Church issues a statement on immigration; calls on politicans from all parties to find a successful resolution.


NOLO (website for small businesses for legal/business questions) Legal Encyclopedia on Political Campaigning and its limitations for a NPO.

Feb 1, 2011

Church reiterates its neutrality towards Romney's and Huntman's 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.

Feb 28, 2011

Deseret News publishes editorial on immigration; Church leaders quoted as affirming the need for all politicans "to do what is best for all of God's children," including illegal immigrants.

Jun 11, 2011

Church Newsroom gives overview of the Church's approach to immigration.

Jan 12, 2012

Pew Research reports that 74% of American LDS identify with, or lean towards, the Republican Party.

Sep 12, 2012

Thomas Burr reports on Church affirming its neutrality towards the candidates for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election.

Oct 2012

Dallin H. Oaks says despite laws permitting abortion, it is a great evil.

Oct 2013

D. Todd Christofferson says that abortions "destroys [a woman's] moral authority."


Robert Sallares overviews the status of abortion in the classical world.

Jan 21, 2014

Transcript of D. Todd Christofferson answering questions about Utah alcohol laws.

Jan 21, 2014

Church Newsroom publishes online article on Church's position concerning recent alcohol laws.


Survey data show that American Mormons are more pro-life than the general public.


Pew Research shows that most LDS take a pro-life position; 70% believe it should be "illegal in all/most cases."


Pew Research provides survey data on religious Americans' opinions about abortion.

Jan 27, 2015

Tad Walsh in Deseret News reports on Church leaders supporting nondiscrimination laws in Utah.

Mar 12, 2015

New York Times reports on the LDS Church supporting the passing of anti-discrimination laws in Utah.

Oct 8, 2016

Deseret News calls on Donald Trump to step aside from campaigning to be the candidate for the Republican Party.

Aug 13, 2017 - Aug 15, 2017

Church Newsroom publishes the Church's condemnation of the Charlottesville riots.

Aug 13, 2017

Church Newsroom publishes the Church's condemnation of the Charlottesville riots that took place on August 11–12, 2017.

Jun 18, 2018

Church announces its opposition to children being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.


Embryology textbook on zygote; development begins with fertilization.


Utah State Legislature defines alcohol limits in Utah law.

Jan 22, 2019

Church Public Affairs articulates Church's political neutrality.

Feb 11, 2019

Church opposes recent alcohol law.

Jun 2019

Steven Andrew Jacobs on biologists' consensus on when life begins.

Jun 1, 2019

Peggy Fletcher Stack claims the Church leans more toward being ''pro-choice” on abortion than strictly "pro-life."

Oct 2019

Gospel Topics essay on War; killing in war is not counted as a sin.

Oct 19, 2019

Vox article on the history of the slogan "safe, legal, and rare".

Nov 15, 2019

Washington Post reports on "safe, legal, rare" political slogan was removed from the DNC.

Dec 3, 2019

Church spokesman states that the Church opposes recent ERA proposal.

Dec 6, 2019

Atlantic article on the history of the political slogan "Safe, Legal and Rare".


Academic book on fertilization and zygote. New individual stem from fertilization of egg and sperm cell.


Embryology textbook on fertilization. Once zygote is formed it transforms into multicellular human being.

Oct 6, 2020

First Presidency of the Church urges members to be informed about candidates before voting in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

Oct 19, 2020

Terryl Givens argues that pro-life laws retain human rights, which is more important than if they are coercive or not.

Oct 20, 2020

Sam Brunson says that the Church's position on abortion doesn't reflect an agency/non-agency or legal distinction.


Church essay on abortion; elective abortion for personal/social convenience condemned.


Gospel Topics essay on Birth Control.


Renegade Brewing website gives an overview of "3.2 beer."


Open Secrets reports Church paid $0 in 2019 and $20,000 in 2020 for Political Lobbying.


Gospel Principles manual describes the Law of Chastity and Abortion.


Gospel Principles manual lays out "the Lord's law of health."


Gospel Principles manual specifies behavior on the Sabbath.

Feb 2021

Council on Foundations (group advocating philantropy) on the limits of political activity by NPOs in the Republic of Ireland.

Mar 2021

Policies on funerals and records for children who die before birth.

Mar 2021

General Handbook states that one must receive authorization from the mission president if the baptismal candidate participated in an abortion.

Mar 2021

The official Church policy on abortion.

Mar 2021

Church policies on fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Mar 2021

Official church policy on severity of murder, rape, abuse, etc.

Apr 2021

Neil L. Andersen pleads with women to "shun abortion."

Aug 2021

Council on Foundations (group advocating philantropy) on the limits of political activity by NPOs in Brazil.

Sep 2021

Council on Foundations (group advocating philantropy) on the limits of political activity by NPOs in Mexico.

Sep 7, 2021

IRS Website on limits to lobbying a NPO can engage in.

Jan 2022

KoC/Marist Poll provides survey data on Americans' opinions about abortion; 83% want some form of restriction on abortion.


Gallup provides survey data on Americans' opinions about abortion.


Statista chart showing the legal time frame for abortion in European countries (by weeks); typically 12 weeks.

May 6, 2022

Pew Research provides survey data on Americans' opinions about abortion; 71% want restrictions on abortion.

Jun 21, 2022

Supreme Court of the United States's case of Carson v. Makin which ruled against the state of Maine disallowing vouchers to be used to pay for religious-based private schools.

Jun 21, 2022

Scotus Blog provides an overview of Caron v. Makin.

Jun 22, 2022

Andrew Chung of the Washington Post reports on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carson v. Makin.

Jun 24, 2022

June 2022 Church Newsroom notification of updated abortion policy.

Jun 24, 2022

The Church states that "members may participate in efforts to protect life and to preserve religious liberty."

Nov 15, 2022

The Church releases a statement on the U.S. Congress "Respect for Marriage Act."

Dec 13, 2022

The Church releases a statement congratulating all those who played a role in the passing of the amended Respect for Marriage Act.