Jacob Rees-Mogg is worse than a Halloween Victorian ghoul – and that’s why

I’ll say this for Jacob Rees-Mogg: he’s predictable. Dangerous, insincere, arrogant, but predictable. Yesterday she gave another of her exciting anti-abortion speeches – this time at Westminster Hall, in a debate about a petition to include abortion in the government’s planned Bill of Rights. He never gets tired of looking after those kids.

Given all the talk about protecting babies, you’d expect him to be a staunch supporter of affordable childcare, especially for the most vulnerable families, an ardent advocate of free school meals and a determined commitment to making sure no child goes hungry in the UK. advocate of anti-poverty policies.

Not likely.

Remember when UNICEF had to help feed poor children in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic? Rees-Mogg accused them of playing a “political trick”. And when he says increased food bank use is “quite refreshing”?

That’s right, the North East Somerset MP just said “think about the babies!” while still a fetus. When they emerge from the womb and really need help, their inherent “life choice” seems to suddenly disappear. This is funny. One of the most baffling contradictions of those who describe themselves as “pro-life” is that they gladly ignore the needs of children and adults – but fetuses must remain sacred.

It’s almost as if it’s not about ‘babies’ for me; as if it’s about controlling women’s reproductive rights instead. I’m sure that’s not the case for Rees-Mogg though. He has honesty. Oh no, wait, sorry, I misunderstood; I’m just looking at my notes here and it seems the opposite.

Rees-Mogg doesn’t mind the “very roundabout” minting of abortion pills in Indonesia, and apparently isn’t too fussy about one or two (or a hundred thousand) needless deaths through brutal policies that effectively punish people for having abortions. poor.

Still, he’s good with words. To be honest, their rhetorical power during the abortion debate almost had me in tears (of horror).

He used every trick in the book. Provocative language? Check it out: Former Leader of the House of Commons spoke of primary health care “killing babies”. Demonization of reproductive freedom advocates? Check it out: he referred to the right to abortion as a “cult of death.” But here’s the Moggster – forever serving 19th century attitudes to 21st century society.

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy had nothing. He posted a goddamn indictment on Twitter regarding Rees-Mogg’s comments during the debate. “If you think we don’t need to legislate that women have the right to choose to have an abortion, Rees-Mogg has just argued that women who are victims of rape or incest have the right to abortions. Women deserve equal rights. Whoever is in the state trusts #Women. It seems you can absolutely count on Rees-Mogg to attack women’s bodily autonomy whenever you get the chance.

Rees-Mogg’s filthy politics certainly put him in a difficult position to hold higher moral values ​​than anyone else, but denouncing those who have abortions and support reproductive rights is a new low even for him – and there are so many that are low to choose from.

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Remember after you roll over Roe and WadeHow many women in the UK have guiltily sighed that our reproductive rights are safe in this country? Rees-Mogg’s comments at Westminster Hall should disappoint anyone who still thinks that access to basic and life-saving health care, abortion, is not at risk here either.

His impassioned talk of endangering the lives of women across the country came just after the leak of government documents outlining plans to block access to abortion at home. It is not surprising that such a move hurts the most vulnerable women – those at risk of domestic violence and those who do not have a fixed address. But then, Rees-Mogg doesn’t seem to care about those lives. Those lives don’t fit his political narrative at all. Not much.

How many unnecessary deaths have Conservatives caused since they came to power? Nevermind. They’re not important anyway. Apparently not Rees-Mogg. He is apparently more concerned with the slick but sure erosion of women’s right to bodily autonomy.

This guy who will never get pregnant from a rapist, this guy who will never get pregnant, this guy who will never need an abortion. This guy dares to blame the women who went through all this. This guy, with his extravagant wealth and every imaginable privilege, dares to make life worse for the most vulnerable women.

You know, we’re doing him a disservice by sending Rees-Mogg as a Halloween Victorian ghost; undermines his – very real – threat. Access to terminations is not guaranteed in the UK and abortion is still criminalized: under the Abortion Act 1967, any woman who terminates her pregnancy without legal permission from two doctors – must accept that continuing to do so will endanger the woman’s physical or mental health. health – can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Our abortion laws are as old as the Rees-Mogg mentality and we need to be aware that our reproductive rights are fragile. Rees-Mogg talks about abortion as “life ruin,” but he’s not concerned about women’s lives being ruined. We should be.

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