Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing a heartbeat bill into law that protects the lives of unborn babies the moment a heartbeat in detected.
“We are proud to support life and family in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said in signing the bill into law earlier this month. “I applaud the Legislature for passing the Heartbeat Protection Act that expands pro-life protections and provides additional resources for young mothers and families.”
Mace took issue with the signing, which she decried happened “in dead of night,” even though it was widely publicized by the governor’s office.
Signed the Heartbeat Protection Act, which expands pro-life protections and devotes resources to help young mothers and families. pic.twitter.com/quZpSj1ZPk
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 14, 2023
“Signing a six-week ban that puts women who are victims of rape and girls who are victims of incest — incest in a hard spot isn’t the way to change hearts and minds. It’s not compassionate,” she claimed. “The requirements he has for rape victims are too much, not something that I support. It’s a nonstarter.”
“I am a victim of rape. I was raped by a classmate at the age of 16. I am very wary. And the devil is always in the details,” she continued. “But we’ve got to show more care and concern and compassion for women who’ve been raped. 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, which is why I have been so vocal on this issue,” she added. “I would like us to win. I would not only like us to win the Electoral College. I want us to win the popular vote. And if we can show the middle ground, which shouldn’t be controversial — birth control shouldn’t be controversial.”
Some conservatives have expressed hesitation about DeSantis signing such an aggressive piece of pro-life legislation into law, wondering whether it could hurt his future political aspirations.
However, some notable conservative pundits online were quick to point out that other Republican governors who have signed similar pieces of legislation into law were not harmed politically afterward.
“Kemp signed a heartbeat bill in May, 6 months before defeating Stacey Abrams, who made abortion center to her campaign post Dobbs,” former CNN reporter Gabby Orr tweeted. “Similar case made here that a heartbeat bill might not actually harm DeSantis in 2024 to the extent critics believe it will.”
AG Conservative, a popular Twitter account, responded to Orr’s tweet: “Same was true of DeWine in Ohio, who won by 25.”
“Abortion politics are complicated and often vary by area, but the places where the GOP really got punished on this issue are where candidates opposed exceptions or supported outright bans, not 1st trimester lines w exceptions,” he added.
Same was true of DeWine in Ohio, who won by 25.
Abortion politics are complicated and often vary by area, but the places where the GOP really got punished on this issue are where candidates opposed exceptions or supported outright bans, not 1st trimester lines w exceptions. https://t.co/AVSBH9vJua
— AG (@AGHamilton29) April 13, 2023