Republican Nancy Mace urges Biden to ignore abortion ruling

 April 11, 2023

South Carolina Republican moderate Nancy Mace joined Democrats in urging the Biden administration to ignore a federal court injunction against the abortion pill Monday.

Echoing the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Ny.), Mace told CNN that the ruling should "just be thrown out quite frankly.”

A Trump-appointed judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction Friday blocking the drug mifepristone from the market, finding the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in challenging the legality of the drug's approval by the FDA.

Republican crosses over

The agency originally approved the abortion pill in 2000 using an accelerated process originally meant for treating serious diseases like AIDS and cancer.

In his ruling, judge Matthew Kacsmaryk accused the FDA of obstructing judicial review for 20 years. But according to Mace, the agency's decisions are above reproach from any court.

“I support the usage of FDA-approved drugs even if we might disagree. It’s not up to us to decide as legislators or even as the court system whether or not this is the right drug to use or not," she said. "So, I agree with ignoring it at this point," she added.

Biden's Health secretary Xavier Becerra suggested in a separate CNN interview that the administration might take the drastic step, saying "everything is on the table."

While the ruling has been vigorously condemned by Democrats, Joe Biden has so far resisted calls to outright ignore the decision of an independent branch of government, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent."

Going against party

Mace chastised her own party for taking a tough line on abortion since the repeal of Roe v. Wade last summer, which ushered in restrictive abortion laws in a number of red states. Some have blamed an abortion backlash for the GOP's recent electoral disappointments.

“We are getting it wrong on this issue,” she said. “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."

The Republican said she believes the "vast majority" of Americans would support the FDA's unilateral authority to keep abortion pills legal.

Whether she realizes it or not, Mace is echoing the argument Democrats have made since the Supreme Court ended the "right" to an abortion: because the decision was unpopular, it was therefore "illegitimate."

Someone should inform Mace that federal judges are bound to the Constitution, and not polling data.

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