Nancy Mace just can’t help herself. The supposedly pro-life Republican congresswoman has been on a rampage against pro-life advocates in recent weeks.
Her latest target is pro-life Governor Ron DeSantis, who recently signed a bill to protect unborn babies with beating hearts from being eviscerated in abortions.
While pro-life Americans celebrated the Florida governor for signing the six week abortion ban, Mace is upset and falsely claims that somehow it’s turning off voters to Republicans.
“Signing a six-week ban that puts women who are victims of rape and girls who are victims of incest in a hard spot isn’t the way to change hearts and minds,” Mace told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “The requirements he has for rape victims are too much, not something that I support. It’s a nonstarter.”
The ban protects most all babies from abortions along with reasonable exceptions that affect just a small percentage of abortions. Exceptions would be allowed for rape, incest and cases when the mother’s life is at risk or to avert “serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment.”
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The rape exception allows an abortion in those extremely rare cases as long as the woman provides documentation such as a restraining order, medical record or police report. Mace thinks that is an onerous requirement, but it merely ensures that the rape situation is not just an excuse to use abortion as birth control and, more importantly, it is meant to help prosecute rapists so they don’t victimize other women. As a rape victim herself, mace should understand the need to ensure that abusers don’t abuse again.
Mace also claims that the law puts DeSantis and Republicans outside the mainstream on abortion.
“We’ve got to show more care and concern and compassion for women who have been raped,” Mace continued. “I don’t like that this bill was signed in the dead of night, and it puts him in a very difficult position for a general election, in my opinion.”
“I think 15 to 20 weeks is the sweet spot,” she said. “Democrats often are at 24 weeks, and that’s too far for a lot of people. No one wants zero.”
But aside from the fact that a 15 or 20 week ban leaves most babies unprotected, Mace ignores multiple important points.
First, polling shows the heartbeat law is right in line with the views of Florida residents. Not only do a majority of Floridians support protecting babies from abortion, they support the heartbeat law by a strong 62% margin.
Polling conducted by Ragnar Research for SBA Pro-Life America and the Florida Family Policy Council shows likely Florida voters strongly support protecting human life in the womb once a heartbeat can be detected. Almost three-quarters of voters oppose allowing abortion on demand up until birth. The poll, with a ±4% margin of error, surveyed 500 Floridians statewide from February 27-March 2.
Secondly, other polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion. In fact 25 polls in recent years show Americans support protecting babies from abortions with reasonable exceptions.
Third, Mace ignores the fact that every single pro-life governor who signed an abortion ban was re-elected in 2022 — some by even bigger margins than their initial victory. Governor Brian Kemp in neighboring Georgia, a purple state, signed the exact same 6-week heartbeat bill Mace condemns and easily defeated Stacy Abrams last year.
Moreover, he pro-life bill DeSantis signed also allocates $25 million for Florida pregnancy centers, which serve more than 76,000 women, men, youth and families annually. The centers offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, medical exams, counseling, parent classes, financial classes, and resources such as food, diapers, clothing, and financial assistance for housing and utilities. The bill also provides for exceptions including rape, incest, and life of the mother and requires that risky abortion pills be distributed by a physician in person.
Mace makes no mention of how the bill helps women — and if she truly wants to reach women voters, talking about that important aspect of the bill would do more to help the cause than trashing DeSantis.
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