Elder Dallin H Oaks - Apostle, Protect the Children, General Conference October 2012
“From the perspective of the plan of salvation, one of the most serious abuses of children is to deny them birth.”
“One cause of the diminishing birthrate is the practice of abortion. Worldwide, there are estimated to be more than 40 million abortions per year.3 Many laws permit or even promote abortion, but to us this is a great evil. Other abuses of children that occur during pregnancy are the fetal impairments that result from the mother’s inadequate nutrition or drug use.”
I often here a list of reasons give for getting an abortion.
- The Mother Was Raped. This is not the babies fault. Laying our outrage, anger, or disgust for what was done to the mother or for the father of the baby onto the baby is wrong. It would be like killing the children an ex-husband fathered once the divorce is final.
- The Mother's Life is In Danger Who wouldn't give their life for a child, especially their own child?
- The Mother's Life is In Danger and the Doctor's Say the Baby Will Likely Not Survive Birth Doctors do not always know the outcome of medical conditions. How often does this happen? What percentage of abortions performed fall into this category?
- The baby is going to be born with birth defects. Is it ok to kill those with handicaps or health issues?
When did it become okay, because we are scared, overwhelmed, have been wronged, or our lives are in danger, to harm a child in anyway, let alone kill them?