A prominent conservative politician in England was targeted by vandals last week at his home in Somerset.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, his wife and their six children were on vacation when their home was spray-painted with profanities and littered with condoms and a sex toy, The Sun reports.
Local police said they believe the condoms and sex toy were put there on purpose because of Rees-Mogg’s pro-life position.
The perpetrators, allegedly pro-abortion anarchists, spray-painted the word “scum” and an anarchist symbol on his wife’s vehicle, according to the report. The vandals also stuck a sex toy covered with a condom on the vehicle.
They also spray-painted profanities and “shut up and die” on the family’s garage, and “posh scum” and “politics death” on a patio window. In the family’s yard, they threw condoms on a cross and on the grass and spray-painted a bench and garden umbrella stand, the report states.
A maid discovered the vandalism Thursday, police said.
Rees-Mogg is a prominent conservative politician in England. A pro-life Catholic, he has called for an end to abortion.
“There are 185,000 abortions carried out each year, I think that is a deep sadness,” he told the BBC in 2017. Rees-Mogg said he would support an amendment to restrict abortions “by as many weeks as possible” but admitted that it probably would not happen because most British politicians are not pro-life.
Abortion is legal for basically any reason up to 24 weeks in England, and later in a wide variety of circumstances. With technology pushing back viability, many parents of premature babies have been calling on the government to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks.
Rees-Mogg said he believes the vandalism was targeted at him, even though a lot of the damage was to his wife’s vehicle.
“It was my wife’s car so they got the wrong car,” he told the news outlet. “It looks to me like a bunch of … somebody had a pint or two too many scrumpy.”
Later he added, “However, it has all been cleared up so this drunken protest will not even have a short-term effect.”
Pro-life politicians in the United States also have been targets of vandalism, death threats and violence. Last week, in a potentially politically-motivated attack, authorities said someone intentionally set fire to a new Republican Party office in Wyoming just days after it opened.
At least three prominent pro-life U.S. representatives also received death threats within a week at the end of July.