Jacob Rees Mogg says he opposes abortion - even after incest and rape
Watch: The Tory MP also made it clear that he opposes same-sex marriage.
Jacob Rees-Mogg was recently described by Tory-supporting Times columnist Matthew Parris as "quite simply an unfailing, unbending, unrelenting reactionary".
Today he showed why Parris might have reached that conclusion - by declaring that he is against same-sex marriage and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.
Asked by ITV’s Good Morning Britain whether he was in favour of same-sex marriage, the Tory backbencher said: "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."
"I support the teaching of the Catholic church. The marriage issue is the important thing, this is not how people arrange their lives."
Rees-Mogg also said that he was "completely opposed to abortion". Asked whether he would be against terminations in all circumstances including rape and incest, Rees Mogg replied: “Afraid so. Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception."
The interview comes in the same week that Rees-Mogg emerged as the favourite among grassroots Tories to replace Theresa May.
Labour MP Jess Phillips said the choices women made over their own bodies "should have nothing to do with the religious views of our politicians".
Her colleague Mike Gapes, took to Twitter to say the comments showed "the nasty party is back with a vengeance".
And footballer-turned TV presenter Gary Lineker also weighed in: “Jacob Rees-Mogg is entitled to his views however archaic they may be. But hopefully any plans for him to be the next PM will be aborted."
Meanwhile the British Pregnancy Advisory Service branded the old Etonian Tory MP an extremist.
Head of research Katherine O’Brien said: “We are a pro-choice country, we have a pro-choice parliament. Rees-Mogg’s stance on abortion is quite simply extreme, and extremely out of touch.
"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."