Jacob Rees-Mogg: Pro-life campaigner refuses to say he'd support abortion to save the mother

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Pro-life campaigner refuses to say he'd support abortion to save the mother

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for his views on abortion

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer clashed with a pro-life campaigner on her show - with the interviewee refusing to say he'd back abortion even if it was necessary to save the life of the mother.

Dr Anthony McCarthy, from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, endured a grilling from our presenter after Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments yesterday.

Rees-Mogg, tipped by many as a future Tory leader, has faced a torrent of criticism after saying he was against abortion in all circumstances - even rape. 

McCarthy said Rees-Mogg's comments were "logically consistent" but the interview sound turned away from Rees-Mogg and towards his own views on abortion.

Julia repeatedly pressed her interviewee on whether he would choose the mother or the baby in a hypothetical scenario where a woman's life is endangered by her pregnancy.

McCarthy offered the response: "I would not deliberately kill the woman to save the baby's life and I would not deliberately kill the baby to save the woman's life." However the response failed to satisfy his interrogator, who continued her examination as the interview became increasingly heated.

Listen to the full interview above

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