Published: 15:00, 07 September 2017 |
Updated: 15:19, 07 September 2017
The Kent group backing Jacob Rees-Mogg to be the next Conservative leader has called the public outrage following his comments on abortion “manufactured”.
In an interview with Piers Morgan and Suzanna Reed on Good Morning Britain, the MP for North East Somerset said he disagrees with abortion under all circumstances.
Piers Morgan asked if that includes when a woman falls pregnant after rape and incest, to which he responded: “I’m afraid so.”
He said: “My personal opinion is that life begins at the point of conception and abortion is morally indefensible.”
Last month, the man behind Ready for Mogg spoke to Kent Online about why he set up the group.
Sam Frost, 23, from Gillingham, set up the Facebook page which has played a role in creating the internet sensation #Moggmentum.
In response to the public outrage of Rees-Mogg’s comments, on behalf of the group he said: "The outrage is entirely manufactured.
“While we do not agree with his stances, we respect someone's right to practice their faith as long as it does not become law.
“It also doesn't stop us from respecting him as a true advocate of free market policies.
“It’s also rather refreshing to see a politician speak honestly about their views.
“When Tim Farron was asked a similar question before the General Election he wouldn't give a straight answer. Jacob is a man of his conviction and I think people respect that.”
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