‘Mormon Land’: The ins and outs of the church’s nuanced policy on abortion and how it is ‘enabled’ by Roe v. Wade

(Illustration by Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Abortion — always a hotly disputed, highly divisive topic — is back in the headlines.

Several states, including Utah, have passed laws severely restricting the procedure in hopes of setting up a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court, where a new conservative majority would have the chance to strike down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Where does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially stand on the issue? Is it more “pro-life” or more “pro-choice.” And do rank-and-file members understand the nuances in their faith’s position?

“I hear a lot of rhetoric from church members … who I don’t think are giving an accurate view of what the church’s actual stance is on abortion,” says Angela Clayton, who recently wrote about the issue for By Common Consent.

The church’s policy, she argues is “enabled by Roe v. Wade,” and those Latter-day Saints who call abortion murder are resorting to a “theological hyperbole” that stretches beyond the faith’s doctrine.

Clayton discusses those issues and more in this Tribune story and on this week’s podcast.

Listen here.