Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) has criticized Florida’s 6-week abortion ban, stating that Governor DeSantis (R-FL) signed it in “the dead of night.”
Mace during a segment on CBS’ “Face the Nation” stated that this 6-week ban would put girls who are victims of incest and rape in a hard spot. She added that this is no way of changing “hearts and minds” and proceeded to add that she did not support the pressure he is putting on rape victims. Mace, a victim of rape as a teenager, is one of the moderate voices within the Republican party on the topic of abortion, she has often pushed for her colleagues to come to some form of agreement on abortion policies.
Florida’s 6-week abortion ban which was signed by DeSantis is one of the strictest abortion policies in the United States as it implements a ban on pretty much all abortions across the state. Under the new law, rape victims will need to be able to provide proof of the crime in the form of a police report, restraining order, or other medical record – all before the deadline. A court document could also be used to provide an exception.
On Sunday, Mace argued that there needs to be more compassion, concern, and care shown to women who have been raped. She added that she did not like that this bill “was signed in the dead of night” and argued that this would put DeSantis in a precarious position in a general election.