I’m not too bright in many things. It often takes me a while to catch on to something everyone else understood a long time ago so I preface this post with that understanding… that I’m a bit slow. But I’ve had this nagging question to which I’ve never heard a satisfactory answer:
If there are cases in which the Church allows abortion (rape, incest, health of the mother, each coupled with personal revelation) why do we as a Mormon community reject any and every law supporting it? In other words, rather than attempting to make it completely illegal, why don’t we try to make it legal to perform abortions only in those (above) special cases? Shouldn’t we applaud the laws that allow those cases?
If I were a female who had been raped and had gone through the necessary steps (sufficient contemplation, approval by authority, personal revelation, etc.) and come to the decision that I should get an abortion, then wouldn’t it be a bad thing if it were completely illegal?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m with the Church on this one. I’m not for legalizing any abortion outside of the Church’s policy, but it seems that the general membership opines that abortion, in and of itself is morally wrong and should always be illegal. If the Church isn’t black & white on this issue why is the general membership? (Or do I have my fellow saints pegged wrongly?)
Am I missing something?