The American Civil Liberties Union is facing criticism for re-writing history after it removed the word “woman” from a quote by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The ACLU, a prominent abortion advocacy group, posted a message Saturday on Twitter to honor Ginsburg on the day of her death. The late Supreme Court justice was an idol of abortion activists for her rulings supporting the unrestricted killing of unborn babies in abortions.
“With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, we lost a champion for abortion and gender equality. And on the anniversary of her death, the fight to protect abortion access is more urgent than ever,” the ACLU wrote.
In the same post, however, the ACLU shared a quote from Ginsburg and replaced the word “woman” with “person,” according to the Daily Mail. Presumably, the ACLU made the changes “to be inclusive of trans and non-binary individuals who might also seek an abortion,” the Mail noted.
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“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to [their] well-being and dignity… When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices,” the ACLU wrote, quoting Ginsburg.
What she really said was this: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices.”
Fox News reports the ACLU’s revisionist history was met with criticism and ridicule by conservatives, but some moderates and leftists slammed the group as well.
These included one of the ACLU’s own lawyers, Jennifer Granick, who corrected her employer on Twitter.
“@ACLU Changing what someone actually said is not what [ word ] is for. Those brackets are to make an existing text clearer, not to add new stuff to the text,” Granick wrote. “The fact that my employer won’t accurately quote historical figures, for whatever reason, makes me sad,” she added.
Others criticized the pro-abortion group for “erasing women,” who are central to the abortion issue.
“The ACLU literally erasing women,” Greg Scott with the pro-life Alliance Defending Freedom responded.
Washington Post writer Dave Weigel slammed the changes as “silly,” writing, “The pronoun wars are bad and silly but editing a Ginsburg quote to remove any reference to ‘women’ looks so clumsy.”
The ACLU is heavily involved in the pro-abortion movement. Its lawyers frequently are involved in challenging pro-life laws that protect unborn babies and mothers.