Multiply and Replenish: If You Want To: The 1999 LDS Church Birth Control Policy in Perspective Recently, a new LDS church policy gave Mormons significant freedom. For the first time in 170 years, birth control is officially a completely personal decision. My paper compares the new1998-99 policy on birth control with previous official policies in 1989, 1976, and 1969. Other historical views on LDS birth control and childbearing are reviewed. The benefits of the new birth control policy are explored, while the effects of previous policies are also considered. Statements from parents will share how past birth control policies affected their lives. Ultimately, the new birth control policy respects and honors the agency and wisdom of individuals.
Maxine Hanks, Karrie Galloway, Rebecca Chandler