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GOP Rep. Nancy Mace says FDA should ignore judge's abortion pill ruling

Mace, R-S.C., responded to a Trump-appointed judge’s ruling that would suspend the FDA’s longtime approval of mifepristone.
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Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., at the Capitol in January.Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration should ignore a federal judge's ruling Friday that endangers a pill commonly used for abortion.

"This is an FDA-approved drug. Whether you agree with its usage or not, that's not your decision," Mace told CNN in an interview. "That is the FDA's decision on the efficacy, safety and usage of that particular drug."

Asked whether she believed the judge's ruling should be ignored, Mace said, "I agree with ignoring it at this point."

"This thing should just be thrown out, quite frankly,” she added.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, issued a ruling Friday that would suspend the FDA’s longtime approval of the abortion drug mifepristone. The Biden administration filed a request in a federal appeals court Monday seeking to block the ruling.

Few Republicans in Congress have commented on the ruling.

Mace has repeatedly criticized her party for what she has called a lack of "compassion" for women in relation to abortion rights. Last month, she blasted a bill backed by some Republican legislators in South Carolina that would potentially subject women who had abortions to execution.

"This is an issue that Republicans have been largely on the wrong side of. We have, over the last nine months, not shown compassion towards women," Mace said Monday. "There are many pro-life people that also, while they're pro-life, they don't want the government to intervene in this radical of a manner."