I write in response to Mrs. Mele's article (LDS Clarification) written in the Sun Advocate Nov. 14, 2006.
Mrs. Mele uses a tactic I have grown accustomed to here in Utah; she ignores the people, phone numbers, books and page numbers etc. I have used to quote official LDS policy.
First of all the LDS Church does not officially allow gambling, drinking coffee or tea, adultery, stealing, and a host of other issues they consider to be non-allowable offenses and they do take varying degrees of disciplinary action against those members who break these laws.
The LDS Church does officially allow with no disciplinary action, (actually they claim members can receive a divine confirmation to proceed with) abortions in the cases "of rape, incest, deformity, risk to life and risk to the health of the mother (the same cases legalized by Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton). The church has not favored or opposed legislative proposals or public demonstrations concerning abortion," (First Presidencies General Handbook of Instructions, page 156.)
LDS leaders officially allow the use of birth control pills including the morning after pill, which Mrs. Mele calls murder in her article and rightly so because they are all abortifacients. Also they allow their members to support embryonic stem cell research with no disciplinary action taken against them. This includes killing living human embryos and experimenting on them.
Also if all the TV and newspaper articles haven't convinced you that Orrin Hatch is a leader in the fight for taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research then you should call him or a member of his staff and that will convince you Hatch is aggressively for experimentation on living human embryo's
After you hear it straight from them, then call any Pro-life organization you want to. You will quickly find out that they all oppose and do not allow abortions, or the morning after pill or embryonic stem cell research because they all murder innocent human beings and murder is among the gravest of offenses to God's law and just human laws. The right to life is a right which should always be upheld under penalty of law.
Then call Planned Parenthood or any pro-abortion organization. They will tell you they prefer to be called pro-choice. Why? Because they would not force anyone to have an abortion, or use the morning after pill, etc. They merely want people to be free to choose to kill an innocent child without any disciplinary action. They also want there to be no penalty under law either (no laws protecting innocent unborn children).
Now that your eyes are open you will begin to understand what Democrats here in Utah have known for a long time. That is that Mormons have the same position on abortion as the Democratic party (see the recent Salt Lake Tribune article "Why Mormons should vote Democratic" Oct. 28, 2006) What is truly sad and amazing is that many Mormons still believe that their church has the moral high ground and is somehow pro-life even though their entire policy is pro-choice.
Having been a Mormon most of my life it sickens and saddens me to see so many people who once protected human life now embrace and even fight for the right to choose to kill innocent children with no penalty.
Mormons are being led into the culture of death here and eternal condemnation from the Lord of life in the world to come. He said; "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these you have done it to me."