Republican Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina lambasted her fellow party members for their stance on abortion.
Speaking to ABC’s “This Week”, Mace said, “As Republicans, we need to read the room on this issue because the vast majority of folks are not in the extremes.”
“We’re going to lose huge if we continue down this path of extremities.”
Mace is considered a moderate Republican who has taken issue with the party’s abortion policies since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year by the Supreme Court.
Over the weekend, she called out various state-level restrictions, including a dig at presumptive presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, who she described as signing a six-week abortion ban “in the dead of night.”
She also blasted a bill in her home state of South Carolina that would have allowed the death penalty against women who obtain abortions, saying it gives “more rights to rapists than the women who have been raped.”
“That is the wrong message heading into ’24,” Mace said.
“And finding that middle ground, the vast majority of people want some sort of gestational limits, not at nine months, but somewhere in the middle. They want exceptions for rape and incest. They want women to have access to birth control.”
Mace lauded the Supreme Court’s decision to allow mifepristone, also referred to as “the abortion pill”, to remain available while its FDA approval is appealed in federal court.
Other Republicans have publicly questioned the pill’s status, which was approved in 2000.
“Sending the abortion drug through the mail is a big change in how it is provided. In 2000, when it was first approved, you had to have four visits to the doctor. In 2021, The Biden administration said you don’t have to even consult a physician anymore and send it through the mail,” Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”