Kamala Harris’ Roe v. Wade post draws Tennessee governor’s response: ‘Abortion isn’t healthcare’

Kamala Harris’ Roe v. Wade post draws Tennessee governor’s response: ‘Abortion isn’t healthcare’

Tennessee
Gov.
Bill
Lee
spoke
out
last
week
after
Vice
President

Kamala
Harris
issued
a
statement
to
mark
the
48th
anniversary
of
the

Supreme
Court
decision
that
legalized
abortion
nationwide.

“On
the
48th
Anniversary
of
Roe
v.
Wade,
we
recommit
ourselves
to
ensuring
that
everyone
has
access
to
care

including
reproductive
health
care

no
matter
their
income,
race,
zip
code,
health
insurance
status,
or
immigration
status,”
Harris
wrote
in
a
Twitter
post.

Harris’
message
included
a
broader
statement
on
Roe
v.
Wade
that
she
released
jointly
with
President
Biden.

But
Lee,
a
Republican
and
vocal
opponent
of

abortion,
took
offense
to
Harris’
depiction
of
ending
pregnancies
as
a
form
of
health
care.


ON
THE
48TH
ANNIVERSARY
OF
ROE.
V.
WADE,
QUESTIONS
REMAIN
IN
PLANNED
PARENTHOOD
CONTROVERSIES

“Abortion
isn’t
healthcare,”
Lee
wrote
Friday.

Last
July,
Lee
signed
into
law
a
controversial
Tennessee
bill
that
called
for
some
of
the
most
restrictive
abortion
measures
in
the
U.S.

but
the
law
was
quickly
halted
by
a
federal
judge
after
Lee
affixed
his
signature,
according
to
The
Tennessean
newspaper
of
Nashville.

The
bill
called
for
abortions
to
be
banned
after
a
fetal
heartbeat
can
be
detected;
or
if
the
doctor
determined
the
mother
was
seeking
an
abortion
because
of
the
child’s
race
or
gender,
or
if
the
child
was
diagnosed
with
Down
syndrome,
among
other
restrictions.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.

Vice
President
Kamala
Harris
and
Tennessee
Gov.
Bill
Lee.

The
bill
also
included
no
exceptions
for
pregnancies
resulting
from
rape
or
incest,

the
newspaper
noted.

The
Tennessee
law,
like
other
similar
measures
proposed
or
approved
across
the
U.S.,
quickly
became
a
target
for
groups
such
as
Planned
Parenthood
and
the
American
Civil
Liberties
Union.

In
his
message
to
Harris,
Tennessee’s
Lee
invited
his
Twitter
followers
to
mark
Roe
v.
Wade’s
48th
anniversary
by
donating
$48
to
Hope
Clinic,
a
Tennessee-based
pregnancy-support
organization.


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Meanwhile,
the
Roe
v.
Wade
anniversary
brought
about
several
other
efforts
around
the
U.S.
aimed
at
reversing,
at
least
in
part,
the
controversial
1973
ruling.
Among
them:

In
Kansas,
state
Republicans
on
Friday
pushed
a
proposed
anti-abortion
amendment
to
the
state’s
Constitution
through
the
state
House
in
an
86-38
vote,
The
Associated
Press
reported.
The
measure
would
overturn
a
2019
state
Supreme
Court
decision
to
declare
abortion
a
“fundamental
right”
in
the
state.

In
South
Carolina,
a
proposal
called
the
“South
Carolina
Fetal
Heartbeat
and
Protection
from
Abortion
Act”
was
approved
by
a
state
Senate
committee
on
Thursday
and
sent
to
the
full
Senate
for
debate,
the
AP
reported.

Alabama
and
West
Virginia
were
among
other
states
pursuing
limits
on
abortion,
according
to
the
AP.


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
story.

Dom
Calicchio
is
a
Senior
Editor
at
FoxNews.com.
Reach
him
at
dom.calicchio@foxnews.com.

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