I was assuming you were talking about abortion when you wrote about choice in a "human's reproductive system." I stand by my point that choosing which school to go to is far different than choosing to end another person's life.
I believe the scripture you quote is referring to a person's choice in regards to personal salvation. Life meaning eternal life, death meaning being seperated from the presence of God.
But let's be clear as to what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stance is on abortion:
Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church.
In today's society, abortion has become a common practice, defended by deceptive arguments. Latter-day prophets have denounced abortion, referring to the Lord's declaration, "Thou shalt not . . . kill, nor do anything like unto it" (D&C 59:6). Their counsel on the matter is clear: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. Church members who encourage an abortion in any way may be subject to Church discipline.
Actually, Cameron, when I used the term "human's reproductive system" I referred to not only Abortion (and to abortion in a small degree) but also to all matters relating to sex. I would go into further detail, but Sen Buttars might try to outlaw blogging next year if I do.
So, we'll stick to the Abortion topic.
Yes, I, too believe that Abortion is abhorrent and wrong. And yes, people who choose to have elective abortions should loose their church membership.
However, here in Utah, most abortion bills outlaw ALL abortions, including those "when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth."
Also, the key to ending abortions is not to outlaw them. Abortions happened prior to Roe v Wade, and they will happen after Doe v Utah. What we need to do is reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and boost resources to make it easier for women to give their babies up for adoption.
Being "Pro Choice" does not make me "Pro Abrtion" just like being "Anti Abortion" does not make someone "Pro Life."
Lastly, on choice. I believe that before we came to this Earth, we were given a choice between two plans. We could come here, not be able to do anything wrong, and everyone would be saved. Or, we could come down here, learn the difference between good and evil, and choose the good, thereby growing in the process. We opted for the ability to choose and grow. However, the way the Utah Legislature acts runs contrary to this belief. They would have a situation whereby everyone can choose good and nothing else, by outlawing everything that they consider a "sin." This is a dangerous path to start down.
P.S. Thanks for the debate. Also, I like your blog.