GOP’s Nancy Mace likens rigid limits on abortions to ‘Handmaids Tale’

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C), who describes herself as “staunchly pro-life,” says that lawmakers must develop a centrist perspective as it relates to the abortion issue in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.

(Video: NBC News)

“Somewhere in the middle is where we’ve got to meet,” she insisted.

In a discussion with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday, Mace called attention to the “extremities” on both sides of the debate and asserted that “there can be reasonable gestational limits for most people. Seventy-five percent of Americans want some ‘guardrails’…whether they’re pro-choice or pro-life.”

Acknowledging the politicized divisiveness that currently exists, however, she nonetheless claimed that Congress, Republicans and Democrats working together, should provide some guidance to the states, “and I want to play a part in that role in shaping policy for the future for every American in our country.”

She also contended that abortion could have an impact on the upcoming midterm elections.

“I do think that it will be an issue in November if we’re not moderating ourselves, that we are including exceptions for women who’ve been raped, for girls who are victims of incest, and certainly in every instance where the life of the mother is at stake…that’s where the vast majority of women are in my state,” she said. “But we can’t go to the far corners of the right or the far corners of the left…”

“On the far left, you have folks that want abortion for any reason up until birth, and on the far right, we have states that are trying to ensure that no abortion for any reason, including rape, and incest victims, and girls, and that’s not okay with the electorate either,” Mace explained.

In the video clip embedded above, the first-term congresswoman went on to say, “I see it in my own district, in my own state, the vast majority of people here are okay with some ‘guardrails,’ but they don’t want the extremities of either side…there has to be a place for the center in this very emotional issue.”

Mace appeared on the show ostensibly to react to Kansas voters rejecting a pro-life state constitutional amendment. Some pundits have claimed that the ballot measure was so poorly worded that it created confusion among the electorate in the solidly red state.

When Todd wondered if overturning Roe might have been a mistake, Mace responded that “there were issues with Roe.”

“Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had issues constitutionally with the right to privacy versus the right to equal protection under the law,” she said. “You saw Joe Biden four years ago trying to look at it doing away with it as well. And so I think there are issues with Roe in terms of the constitutionality of it, and the overturning of it now leaves it to the states, state legislatures in particular, but also Congress can have a role here…

“We should be ensuring that life of the mother in every instance is protected…there are some basic things we can be doing that all of us agree on, the vast majority of people agree on, that aren’t fringey, on either side of the aisle.”

During the conversation on NBC, Rep. Mace recalled how she was raped at the age of 16 and referenced the dystopian novel and television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” and its totalitarian fictional location of Gilead.

“It took me a week to tell my mother. By that time any evidence would’ve been gone…I can’t tell you how traumatic that event was in my life,” she said of the rape. “And my own home state, they want women to be required and mandated to report when they are raped. And I just can’t even imagine a world where your girl, a teenage girl who’s been raped, to have to report those things. And, you know, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ was not supposed to be a road map, right? This is a place where we can be in the center. We can protect life, and we can protect where people are on both sides of the aisle.”

Mace fended off a challenge from Trump-endorsed Katie Arrington in the June 14 primary for the Charleston-area seat. At the time of his endorsement of the challenger, ex-President Trump called Mace, who is likely to win reelection, “an absolutely terrible candidate.”

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