Congresswoman Nancy Mace of South Carolina falsely implied that pro-life Republicans do not care about women’s lives Sunday during an interview with Fox News.
While professing to be pro-life herself, the Republican lawmaker claimed the Republican Party has become too “extreme” on abortion and candidates are losing elections as a result, according to Newsmax.
“We need to find a middle ground on this issue, and I have a great pro-life voting record,” Mace told Fox News Sunday. “But some of the stances we take — and especially when it comes to rape and incest, protecting the life of the mother — it’s so extreme that middle, independent voters, right of center, left of center, they cannot support us.”
She also criticized SBA Pro-Life America after the pro-life organization gave her a “B” rating for “denounc[ing] certain protections for unborn children.” Earlier this month, Mace said the Biden administration should ignore a federal judge’s ruling blocking the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill mifepristone.
Responding to the pro-life organization Sunday, Mace said: “I find it ironic that Susan B. Anthony would attack me. I’m a victim of rape. I advocate for women who have been raped. And that organization will no longer talk to my office about pro-life legislation because I’m talking about birth control. I mean, some of these groups have gotten so over the top and extreme.”
But there is nothing extreme about pro-life lawmakers’ stance on protecting lives – especially mothers’ lives. The problem is lies and misleading information that abortion activists are using to try to influence voters.
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The pro-life movement has made it very clear that mothers’ lives are valuable, too. Pro-lifers always include exceptions in laws that allow doctors to save pregnant mothers’ lives even if her unborn baby will not survive because of the treatment.
Lawmakers and attorneys general, doctors and lawyers, fact checks and pro-life leaders across the country confirm that laws that limit and ban abortions include clear exceptions to protect the mother’s life. Pro-life laws allow medical care for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, too. They only ban elective abortions that kill unborn babies.
Meanwhile, the pro-life movement has been responding to stories of women being denied medical care supposedly because of pro-life laws by urging medical professionals to save these mothers’ lives. Yet, the pleas often go ignored.
Pro-life attorneys general also have issued statements to make it clear to doctors and hospitals that they legally can and should act to save pregnant mothers’ lives and nothing in their laws prevents medical professionals from doing so.
The goal of the pro-life movement is to protect human lives, born and unborn, because every human life is valuable, including mothers and unborn babies conceived in rape. Babies in the womb, no matter how they are conceived, are unique, irreplaceable living human beings. Research and sexual abuse victims’ own testimonies contradict the claim that their abortions – the violent destruction of their unborn babies’ lives – helped them. Instead, many victims have said ending their unborn baby’s life only added to their trauma.
But Mace claimed this view is unpopular and criticized pro-life leaders rather than defending what she says she believes is right.
Especially right now when lies about abortion are so prevalent, lawmakers like Mace who profess to be pro-life have a duty to educate the public about the truth about pro-life laws and the value of every human life.