Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg, who some within his party see as the favourite to become Britain’s next PM, has faced a wave of criticism on social media following his incendiary comments on abortion and same-sex marriage.
During an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain show, Rees-Mogg admitted that he vehemently opposes gay marriage, as it goes against Catholic teachings, as well as abortion, which he says is “morally indefensible”.
“I’m a Catholic; I take the teaching of the Catholic Church seriously.
“Marriage is a sacrament and the view of what marriage is is taken by the Church, not Parliament,” Rees-Mogg opined.
Turning to the issue of women voluntarily terminating their pregnancies, Rees-Mogg said: “I am completely opposed to abortion; life begins at the point of conception.
“With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child.”
Following the interview, people flocked to social media to express their dismay at his controversial and “obsolete” views.
While one mocked his comments, saying the Tory backbencher should be the one “aborted”, another pointed out how Rees-Mogg’s views go back to the 16th century: