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Science & Additional Commentary 

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In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

 

  • Over one-half of women presenting for abortion were using a contraceptive at the time they conceived.  Rachel K. Jones, “Reported Contraceptive Use in the Month of Becoming Pregnant among U.S. Abortion Patients in 2000 and 2014,” Guttmacher Institute (2018).  

  • Each abortion increases a woman’s risk of premature death by 50 percent.  David C. Reardon and John M. Thorp, “Pregnancy associated death in record linkage studies relative to delivery, termination of pregnancy, and natural losses: A systematic review with a narrative synthesis and meta-analysis,” Sage Open Medicine, Vol. 5 (2017): 1-17.   DOI: 10.1177/2050312117740490

 

  • Within the first 180 days, the risk of death from any cause is over twice as high following abortion compared to that following delivery. The risk of early death remains elevated for at least ten years.  D.C. Reardon and J.M. Thorp, “Pregnancy associated death in record linkage studies relative to delivery, termination of pregnancy, and natural losses:  A systematic review with a narrative synthesis and meta-analysis,” Sage Open Medicine, Vol. 5, 2017: 51-17.

 

  • The United States has the highest abortion rate in the western world and the third-highest abortion rate of all developed nations worldwide.

 

  • Overturning Roe v. Wade will not make abortion illegal throughout the U.S.  It will simply return the question of whether or not abortion should be legal to each state.

 

  • Regarding the prospect of returning to “back alley” or “coat-hanger” abortions:  In the decade before Roe v. Wade, a former medical director for Planned Parenthood, estimated that 9 out of 10 illegal abortions were done by licensed doctors.   John Benditt, “Special Report: Second-Trimester Abortions in the United States,” Alan Guttmacher Institue, Family Planning Perspectives, November/December 1979: 358-361.

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