Choosing Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court: Bad for the disabled

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  On Feb. 1, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to take the place of Judge Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court bench. Scalia died suddenly in Feb. of 2016 of natural causes. Appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court bench is not the best for the people because he has had a past track record of not protecting people with disabilities. Some people approve of him though, saying he will rule justly and not be biased.

  People have been voicing their disapproval of Trump’s nomination for one main reason: he has had past rulings that make people believe that he will not judge fairly. In the past he has had rulings that failed to protect people with a disability.

  National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García says that, “Everyone should be concerned by the trend in Gorsuch’s records.” She also said that, “He’s endorsed the lowest expectations for students with disabilities, and he’s allowed schools to provide our highest need students with the bare minimum of an educational benefit.”

Even though some people say Gorsuch is not a good judge, there has to be a reason why Trump choose him. At a highly anticipated evening ceremony where he announced that he nominated Gorsuch, Trump said, “Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support,”

However, there was also another case where he failed to protect a disabled assistant professor. Assistant professor Grace Hwang worked at Kansas State University for 15 years with a lot of success. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she requested a six month leave that covered the fall semester of 2009.

  While she was preparing to return to school, the campus had a big flu epidemic that could be dangerous to her because of a compromised immune system. She asked for more time off, during which she could work from home. She was denied more time off, so she sued. The case went to Gorsuch, who ruled that the request for more time off was simply unreasonable.

  What the people can do is protest.  This is  American, the government represents the people, and the citizens of the United States  have the power of protest to say when we do not like something that is happening in the government. Judge Neil Gorsuch has had rulings in the past of not protecting the rights of disabled people, why should the people of America believe him now saying he will rule justly? He says himself, “I have no difficulty ruling against or for any party other than based on what the law and the facts of a particular case require.” All we have to do know and see if he passes the Senate.

My name is Julia Peifer, and I am a freshman at Atlantic Community High School. After I graduate I am hoping to go to the University of Tampa to study medical. My dream job is to be a forensic anthropologist. I love fashion and I love playing the flute in my free time. I am the middle of 4 children and I am a huge people person.