Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who narrowly fended off a primary challenge last year, issued a stunning rebuke of pro-life laws passed by a number of Republican state legislatures.
The South Carolina Republican was one of the few that did not greet the 2022 overturning of Roe v. Wade with approval.
The two-term representative spoke to the media about the initial court ruling that overturned the FDA approval for mifepristone, a common abortion drug. Mace broke with her Republican colleagues by opposing the ruling.
She cited the role of who she called an “unelected judge” and for Americans to “show some compassion to women post-Roe.”
Mace claimed in a CBS interview that she was “pro-life.” However, she criticized a number of state laws that restrict abortion. She called a number of Republican-led laws “insane” and “crazy.”
She said that the six-week abortion law recently passed by the Florida state legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is “wrong.”
Mace went even further in her attacks on fellow Republicans, saying that the party has not learned anything from the 2022 midterms.
She then said that most voters do not agree with “far-right, crazy nutjobs.” She then argued that Republican losses in the midterms were due to abortion policy.
“We’re going to lose lots of races,” she said.
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Mace continued in her criticism of her own party, now switching to the topic of gun control. Mace criticized Republican messaging on gun violence, saying that Republicans “need to show leadership on sensitive issues.”
She also tweeted that after “every mass shooting there’s just silence and prayers.”
The South Carolina Republican wrote that “Republicans can no longer be silent on this issue and it’s not about the Second Amendment.”
Mace backed a further expansion of background checks in order to purchase firearms. She also said that Republicans will suffer electorally if they do not offer “any type of solution to reduce gun violence in our country.”
Mace spoke against former President Trump after the Jan. 6 protests and was targeted by a Trump-backed challenger in the 2022 Republican primary. Opponent Katie Arrington came within single digits in her challenge.