Cooper Statements on Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade and House Passing Historic Gun Safety Legislation

Press Release

Date: June 24, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade:

"This has to be a wake-up call. SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, reversing a constitutional right. That has really never happened before. Each of us values our rights differently, but they are all important, and should never be taken away. Our fears were realized with this attack on women and the rights of all Americans. Now, abortion is effectively banned in Tennessee and more than a dozen other states. This compromises the health and safety of those seeking necessary reproductive healthcare. Justice Thomas wrote that he's prepared to overturn the rights conferred by the Court in Obergefell, Lawrence, and Griswold. It's a dark day for our country."

He also released the following statement on the House passage of historic gun legislation:

"Congress hasn't passed meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence in nearly 30 years, until today. This compromise is neither everything we want nor everything we need. But it's a crack in the armor that the gun lobby has used for decades to stop any commonsense measures from moving forward. The fight isn't over; much more still needs to be done to protect children and families from gun violence. I proudly voted for this bill in the House and look forward to President Biden quickly signing it into law."