Charities slam Jacob Rees-Mogg for 'extreme' views on abortion

Charities slam Jacob Rees-Mogg for 'extreme' views on abortion

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Charities have hit back at Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg for his views on abortion, claiming they are extreme and access to abortion is vital.

The Catholic MP appeared on Good Morning Britain and said he is against abortion in all circumstances.

He said: "Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception." However he did add that he was resigned to the fact that UK abortion laws are not going to change, the BBC reported.

Sexual health service charity Marie Stopes has said that there is no one that should want to see abortion access reduced in the UK.

According to Yahoo, a spokesperson for the charity said: "Mr Rees-Mogg is entitled to his opinion. It does nothing to change the fact that women in the UK have benefited from access to safe and legal abortion for 50 years, and will continue to do so.

"Restricting access to abortion only makes it more likely that women will risk their health and their lives through dangerous backstreet procedures.

"Our teams around the world deal with the terrible impact of this every day. No one should be seeking to replicate this situation in the UK."

The MP, who is also favourite to become the next Conservative leader according to reports, was also criticised by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service charity.

The BPAS said his views were extreme and at odds with the public's views. Head of policy research Katherine O'Brien said: "We are a pro-choice country, we have a pro-choice Parliament.

"Every politician is entitled to hold their own opinion on abortion. But what matters is whether they would let their own personal convictions stand in the way of women's ability to act on their own."