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bpas response to Jacob Rees-Mogg interview on Good Morning Britain

In response to an interview with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP on Good Morning Britain, during which he said he opposes abortion in all circumstances, a bpas spokesperson said: 

"Jacob Rees-Mogg's views are wildly at odds with public opinion. 70% of the population, and 61% of Roman Catholics, now support abortion on request – a more liberal framework than we currently have in this country.1 Earlier this year, MPs across all parties voted to decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and supported extending abortion access for women resident in Northern Ireland. 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."

ENDS

1. http://www.natcen.ac.uk/blog/british-attitudes-to-abortion

For more information please contact the bpas press office on press@bpas.org

About bpas:

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, bpas, is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at www.bpas.org