Supreme Court Nominee May Spell Trouble for Disability Rights

On Monday, July 9th, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (1). Because Justice Kennedy was often a swing vote in cases involving civil rights, many have noted that his replacement could greatly impact future rulings related to minority groups. Since Kavanaugh’s nomination, several major disability organizations have expressed concern that he may weaken laws to protect those with disabilities from discrimination in areas such as healthcare, education, employment, and housing. Federal laws that protect people with disabilities – such as the Affordable Care Act (which guarantees insurance coverage to those with preexisting medical conditions), Fair Housing Act, and even the Americans with Disabilities Act – have already been challenged in court. Kavanaugh’s career thus far suggests that his presence on the Supreme Court could be very detrimental to people with disabilities. While a…

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