45 years ago today - Sep 6, 1974

A First Presidency announcement of the intention to legally divest the church of fifteen hospitals in three western states. Most maintain their "LDS Hospital" titles despite their ownership by "non-Mormon" and non-profit corporation, Intermountain Healthcare. This move also represents the First Presidency's decision to publicly disengage the church from hospital ownership following the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision 'Roe vs. Wade' which legalized abortions on demand. Although the Presiding Bishopric signs the final divestiture agreement on 4/1/1975, Intermountain Healthcare is listed among the "Associated Businesses" of the LDS church in the "General Church Offices Telephone Directory, January 1996."

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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