PM should withdraw Tory whip from Rees-Mogg over 'grotesque' abortion comments

The Scottish Greens are calling on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to withdraw the Tory whip from Cabinet secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg after he compared women having abortions to “a cult of death.” 

Health spokesperson Gillian Mackay, who has been campaigning to introduce a law for safe access zones to stop protests outside abortion clinics in Scotland, described his comments as “extreme” and “dangerous.”

During a parliamentary debate on Monday, the reactionary Tory MP referred to abortion rights as “a cult of death.” He also opposed abortion rights for women who have survived incest or rape.

Gillian Mackay MSP said:

“These comments are extreme, dangerous and disrespectful. Even by Mogg’s standards they are shameful.

"Reproductive rights are under attack around the world. These comments show how utterly unsuitable Mr Rees Mogg is to be an MP. 

“Are these really the values that the Tory Party wants to be associated with? The Prime Minister must not only condemn these grotesque comments, but consider if he really believes someone with those views is still fit to sit on his party’s benches."

"Abortion rights are human rights, they are healthcare and are legal in the UK. We cannot allow them to be threatened or eroded by reactionary politicians like Mogg. 

“We have seen how this can happen in the US and it must be resisted and challenged here.”