Getting raped into a pregnancy is a perfectly acceptable way to bring life into the world, according to the next Tory leader Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Rees-Mogg was responding to questions about his position that abortion is not acceptable under any circumstances, even when the pregnancy is the result of rape.
“Mallard ducks procreate almost exclusively through the process of gang rape – and they seem to be doing ok,” he told Good Morning Britain.
“I’m not saying it’s my preferred way of continuing any bloodline; I’m just saying that abortions aren’t needed just because you’ve become pregnant after being raped.
“Who knows, over time you might come to see your rape as the gift from God it so clearly is. The Catholic God though, not one of those awful ethnic ones.
“The Catholic church teaches us that all life is precious, begins at conception, and that God decides who gets a baby and who does not.
“So if God has decided to put a baby in your tummy through the medium of a violent sexual assault, then who are we to question his divine wisdom?”
Charities that help rape victims have criticised Rees-Moggs comments, claiming it’s hard to take seriously the views of any pro-lifer who has never had to change a nappy.
A spokesperson for one charity told us, “I think you’d find that a lot of men would change their view of the ‘right to choose’ if men could also get pregnant through rape.”
Rees-Mogg said such an argument was erroneous, insisting “it could never happen, because I would never go out dressed like I was looking for a sexual encounter in the first place.”