I have strong opinions about this but I'll let you guys discuss. What are your thoughts?
AUSTIN — Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has said he supports the Americans with Disabilities Act, has tenaciously battled to block the courthouse door to disabled Texans who sue the state.
In a series of legal cases in his three terms, Abbott’s office has fought a blind pharmacy professor in Amarillo who wanted reflective tape on the stairs to her office; two deaf defendants in Laredo who asked for a qualified sign language interpreter in their courtroom; and a woman with an amputated leg. In that case, the state argued she was not disabled because she had a prosthetic limb.
Abbott, who has used a wheelchair since a tree fell on him while he was jogging and crushed his spine almost 30 years ago, applauds the 1990 federal law. It has helped provide the ramps, wide doors and access that allow him to give speeches and meet with constituents.
While Abbott, the leading Republican contender for governor, benefits from the ADA mandates that guide businesses, builders and cities, he believes it is unconstitutional to force the state to comply. He has argued that his duty is to protect the state’s autonomy and its taxpayers by using all legal tools available to him — including the argument that the state is immune from disability lawsuits brought under the ADA.
Seems like Mr. Abbot doesn't want to come off as a bleeding heart to his supporters, even though he himself is in a wheelchair obviously handicapped. I don't see why he would fight these people for the things they requested, nothing seems that grandiose, reflective tape, an interpreter ? Very basic stuff. Sounds like an ideological asshole to me, but then again I have never heard of him before and don't know much about him other than that small article. I wonder how he feels about all the war veterans coming home minus limbs, would he tell them they shouldn't get disabilities, he might be picking his teeth up off the floor if he did!!