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Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg received widespread criticism when he said last week that he opposed abortion under all circumstances, including rape and incest.

Mr Rees-Mogg told the Daily Mail:

I'm allowed to say what I think and people are absolutely entitled to say back what they think.

I believe in free speech - and protecting it - is very important.

Rape is a great evil and a terrible crime, but that's not made better by then aborting the unborn child.

The Catholic Church's teachings are authoritative. To take a life after a rape is not the answer. Life begins at the point of conception. One can only feel compassion for a woman in these situations - which, of course are rare - but it's hard to see how taking a child's life makes them better.

Writer Iain Rowanwrote to the Guardianto allege that this, in fact, made Rees-Mogg a pretty poor Catholic. ​

Using a pic'n'mix metaphor.

He wrote:

Rees-Mogg justifies his opposition to gay marriage and abortion even in the case of rape on the basis of his Christian beliefs. So where is his opposition to welfare cuts on the grounds that Jesus went out of his way to demonstrate his compassion for the poor and the lame?

When Jesus says, 'blessed are the peacemeakers,' how does that fit with Rees-Mogg’s consistently voting for military intervention? Where are his statements on executive pay, reminding other MPs that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven?

I thought being a committed Christian meant following the teachings of Jesus, rather than standing at the pick-and-mix counter in a sweet shop, only choosing the fizzy snakes.

Many people appear to agree:

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