Rep. Nancy Mace (RS.C.) defended her position on abortion and warned her fellow Republicans that they were “walking the plank” with their extreme positions on reproductive rights.
“I’m pro-life,” Mace said in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday. “I have a fantastic record in pro-life voting, but I also understand that we can’t be assholes to women.”
Mace, who has previously shared her experience as a rape survivor, has called for exceptions to laws restricting abortion and more precautions for pregnant women.
“As a Republican woman today in 2023, this is a very lonely place,” Mace said. “I feel like I’m the only woman on our side who stands up for things that all women should care about.”
Mace continued, “No woman wants to go to the doctor and make the decision to have an abortion. Nobody wants that. And what are we doing to make sure she doesn’t have to make that choice? What do we do with the care system? What do we do in terms of childcare?”
When asked if Republicans in temperate constituencies across the country would suffer if they didn’t take action to soften their position on the issue, Mace replied, “I think they’re walking on the wrong foot.”
However, Republicans have continued to take steps to limit the medical procedure, even though their stance is unpopular with the majority of Americans and has previously hurt them in elections, including during the 2022 midterm elections.
Last week, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) argued he has the right to prosecute those who assist and assist women in the journey to an abortion. Alabama has banned abortion at all times except to save the mother’s life or health.
Trade Secretary Gina Raimondo warned Sunday that such threats could also impact a state’s economy.
“I think these draconian, nonsensical measures related to reproductive health care are going to backfire when it comes to their ability to attract talent and attract business,” Raimondo told CNN.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last summer, several states have done so forbidden Abortion or passed laws that severely restricted the procedure.