Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke out 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 Governor Lee took offense to Harris’ depiction of ending pregnancies as a form of health care.
“Abortion isn’t healthcare,” Lee wrote.
Last July, Governor 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.
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.
The bill also included no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
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, Governor 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.