Judge Gorsuch’s opinions on disability rights for children and adults are troubling.
Neil Gorsuch: A Danger to Disability Rights
If Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to fill the vacant seat, left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia, on the US Supreme Court, it will be a disaster for people with disabilities. As a judge, Neil Gorsuch has made several rulings that have flowed in the face of not only the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) but also the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA). He, if confirmed, will pose a great danger to people with disabilities in their quest for justice and equality.
In one case, Hwang vs. Kansas State University, a longtime professor, Grace Hwang was recovering from breast cancer when she contracted leukemia. She requested an extended leave of absence to recover from her illness, especially after receiving a stem cell transplant to cure her leukemia. Upon doctor’s advice, she delayed her return to work because of an outbreak of influenza on campus. Her doctor w somewhat Gilmore six as afraid her compromised immune system would make her more susceptible to catching the flu. When she requested an extended leave of absence as a reasonable accommodation, she was denied by Kansas State University. When she sued the university, she lost because of a controversial ruling against her by Judge Neil Gorsuch.
In his ruling, Judge Gorsuch said that Professor Hwang had already taken enough time off and that she was not entitled to have any more time. He gave his decision, despite the fact that Grace Hwang was recovering from not only breast cancer but also leukemia. Apparently, Judge Neil Gorsuch also has a medical degree that he hasn’t told anybody about because he overruled a physician when making this decision. He showed absolutely no compassion for this woman, despite the fact that his mother had died from cancer.
Even though I agree that a judge must be unbiased, the lack of compassion displayed by Neil Gorsuch showed him to be the type of person that I find unsuitable to occupy a seat on the US Supreme Court. His total lack of compassion in this particular case shows him to be nothing more than a cold-blooded legal robot. Is this the type of person that we want sitting on the highest court in the land? I hardly think so!