The only differences between the Catholic and LDS policies on abortion are as follows.
Both will allow abortions in some extreme cases (like ectopic pregnancies), but the RCC redefines the procedure as the removal of a diseased fallopian tube, with the unfortunate and unintended consequence of terminating a fetus. LDS just call it an abortion that is unfortunately necessary. Fancy word dances don’t change the fact that it is an abortion.
The LDS Church gives wider latitude about what kinds of extreme and rare cases might justify an abortion.
In both cases, over 99% of abortions would be ruled out.
So, which policy works better? Does a slightly more lax position for the LDS encourage people to just go get abortions left and right, or does an overly rigid RCC policy encourage Catholics to just ignore it? It turns out that the latter seems to be the case.
I have read Isaiah Bennett’s incredibly bad anti-Mormon books, and in fact, a Mormon publication has done a lengthy review of them. The URL for the review is here:
Here is an excerpt from that review regarding abortion statistics:
In any case, Bennett is incensed by this position, and in fact it appears to be one of the reasons he left the church (IM, p. 486). He writes, “One can only turn away in disgust from the Mormon church’s dithering on the necessity of protecting unborn humans” (IM, p. 147). He also asserts that although Utah has a very low abortion rate, “the rate in Utah might be even lower if not for church teachings that endorse abortion in particular situations” (IM, p. 143, emphasis in original).
Is that so? Let us examine a few relevant facts. First, Utah does not just have a low abortion rate-it has the lowest abortion rate among all the states, and this despite having the highest birth rate. Of course, the fact that Utah has the lowest out-of-wedlock birth rate might be a contributing factor as well. On the other hand, Roman Catholicism has the strictest stance against abortion I know of, but a recent study showed that “Catholics are as likely as women in the general population to have an abortion, while Protestants are only 69% as likely and Evangelical or born-again Christians are only 39% as likely.” In a 1992 Gallup Poll, only 12.9% of Catholics surveyed responded that abortion is never a morally acceptable choice. Bennett only once attempts to compare Catholic and Mormon statistics by citing the divorce rates in Utah and Rhode Island, where the population is 63% Catholic (IM,p. 149 n. 16). But when it comes to the abortion issue, he neglects to inform us that while Utah had an abortion rate of 8 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 1998, Rhode Island’s abortion rate was 24 per 1,000, and the national average was 23.
Latter-day Saint leaders have consistently and strongly denounced abortion, but they recognize that rare cases may arise in which one life must be weighed against another, and they do not wish to completely close the door on abortion in such instances. The principle behind this was stated by Brigham Young: “Teach the people true knowledge, and they will govern themselves.” No matter what one thinks of this approach with respect to abortion, it has apparently worked relatively well to convince Latter-day Saints not to have abortions. Can the Catholic leadership say the same of its policy?
Just follow the URL if you want to check the sources, some of which are online.
Just one more comment for “Mom of 5”. One does not need approval from just any Mormon male who happens to hold the priesthood in order to have an abortion. One must get approval from local priesthood LEADERS, such as the local bishop and stake president. In the RCC, thiis would be like having to get approval from your parish priest and bishop.