Yet, despite the issue’s resounding success on the ballot after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, Republicans have only lurched deeper to the right. But after a Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas suspended the FDA’s approval of the abortion drug mifepristone late Friday, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) broke with her Republican colleagues to agree with Democrats in calling on the Biden administration to ignore the unprecedented ruling.
“This is an FDA-approved drug. Whether you agree with its usage or not, that’s not your decision,” she told CNN in an interview Monday. “That is the FDA’s decision.”
“When you look at the law the judge used,” she said, referring to the Comstock Act, a 19th-century anti-obscenity law, “this thing should be thrown out.”
The remarks, which echoed similar observations from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in the wake of Friday’s ruling, add to Mace’s ongoing criticism of her party as it continues to lose elections largely over its extreme positions on reproductive rights. After Friday’s ruling, which officially ushered in the next chapter of the anti-abortion movement’s crusade to federally ban all abortions, Mace’s comments land as a rare moment of moderation in a party that has told members to stay extreme.
“We are getting it wrong on this issue,” she continued. “We’ve got to show some compassion to women, especially women who’ve been raped. We’ve got to show compassion on the abortion issue because by and large, most Americans aren’t with us on this issue.”
Republican @NancyMace says she believes the FDA should ignore the Texas judge’s ruling. “This is an FDA approved drug. Whether you agree with its usage or not, that's not your decision. That is the FDA’s decision.” pic.twitter.com/wGJBunurcL
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 10, 2023