I thought I had heard all the arguments against having children until I read this article in the Daily Mail UK. I just about fell out of my chair laughing until I realized that these women were serious. I am positive the writers of the article presented the story the way they did because they knew how foolish it would seem to so many conservative readers.
Yes, these women are now claiming that it is selfish to have babies because they are not environmentally friendly. They are having abortions and being sterilized because they want to protect the planet. And I quote, “…it would have been immoral to give birth to a child that I felt strongly would only be a burden to the world.”
The article includes phrases like “reducing our carbon footprint,” and “becoming eco-friendly.” Amazing! These women talk about it being their duty not to have a child. “Having children is selfish,” one of the women is quoted as saying. “It’s all about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet.” Hello! What’s wrong with this woman?
Talk about reversing the reasoning and logic of the world! These women are not normal and I mean that exactly as it sounds. They have fallen for and repeated the whisperings of the adversary in a manner that is shockingly brazen. Don’t they realize how idiotic they sound? No, of course not. They think they are completely rational, sane and normal.
Would that these women had been taught the words of prophets. Then perhaps they would understand. President Joseph F. Smith said, in 1917: “I think it is a crying evil, that there should exist a sentiment or a feeling among any members of the Church to curtail the birth of their children.”
He continued, “I think that is a crime wherever it occurs, where husband and wife are in possession of health and vigor and are free from impurities that would be entailed upon their posterity. I believe that where people undertake to curtail or prevent the birth of their children that they are going to reap disappointment by and by.”
From the Proclamation on the Family, “The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.” I think God knows if the world can still sustain the children that have yet to be born.
In regards to abortion: “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother.
“Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” There are probably another half dozen or more official statements of the First Presidency in regards to this subject but these should be sufficient to convince anyone that abortion is wrong.
I know this is a controversial subject. Even my own mother had a hard time accepting these statements from the Brethren and would often argue with me about them. Am I just too naive and simple in my belief that the issue is clear and straightforward? Abortion is wrong and the Lord still expects his daughters to bring children into the world. What do you think?