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AR STATEMENT: Jacob Rees-Mogg makes money from misoprostol

Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, a potential candidate for leader of The Conservative Party and staunch opponent of women’s rights has been found to be profiting directly from the sale of misoprostol- a drug commonly used to start a medical abortion.

Previously, he had stated that he was ‘completely opposed to abortion’ even in cases of rape and incest. Rees-Mogg used his religious beliefs to justify this outrageous and dangerous belief.

It is shocking that a pro-choice country such as the U.K. would even consider such an out-dated, out-of-touch person for leader of a mainstream political party and possible Prime Minister.

Kerry Abel, Chair of Abortion Rights said:
‘Rees-Mogg has been shown up to be a hypocrite. Women’s rights should not be used as a cynical political football.’

 

Data collected in the most recent British Social Attitudes survey shows the extent to which Jacob Rees-Mogg is fundamentally out of touch with the general population. 70% of people support a woman’s right to have an abortion if she has an unwanted pregnancy. Not only that but 61% of Roman Catholics in the U.K. support a woman’s right to choose. This clearly shows his justification to be a bogus cover for regressive misogyny.

The level of hypocrisy shown by Jacob Rees-Mogg is typical of the anti-choice minority. They claim to occupy the moral high ground, faking concern for the moral, spiritual and physical health of the pregnant woman.In reality, their stance comes from a place of aggression and oppression. It is important that we work together to draw attention to In the case of Jacob Rees-Mogg it is clear that his morals don’t extend from his heart to his wallet. Jacob Rees-Mogg’s bank balance clearly takes priority over his ethics.

Abortion Rights will continue to fight the myth that an anti-choice stance is inherently more moral than a pro-choice one. Abortion rights are fundamental to women’s basic human rights and must be protected and defended.