Jacob Rees-Mogg Says that he Opposes Abortion for Rape Victims

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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset, has said in an interview that he opposes all abortions and remains opposed to gay marriage. Rees-Mogg, who has been rumoured to be a future leader of the Conservative Party, was though criticised by MPs for across the political parties.

Speaking in an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Rees-Mogg said:

“Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception”.

Asked if he also opposed abortion for rape cases, he replied “I’m afraid so”. Rees-Mogg also explained that he opposed gay marriage saying:

“Marriage is a sacrament and the decision of what is a sacrament lies with the Church not with Parliament”.

Margot James, the Conservative MP for Stourbridge, said on Twitter that “his views are absolutely abhorrent”.

Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, said:

“I won’t criticise Jacob Rees-Mogg for expressing a view, but I find them completely disagreeable and out-of-touch with what modern Britain actually is”.