- The ACLU was slammed on Twitter for altering the word ‘woman’ from a famous abortion rights quote by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- While the ACLU replaced woman and female pronouns to include trans and nonbinary people, critics said it was wrong to erase ‘woman’ from the quote
- ‘You removed the word woman? From abortion rights? Unreal,’ one person wrote
- The ACLU tweeted the quote on the anniversary of Ginsburg’s death
- It comes as legal challenges are made against a new Texas law which bans abortions after six weeks
The American Civil Liberties Union has been slammed over a tweet which altered a famous quote from the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about abortion rights, replacing the word ‘woman’ with ‘person’ and swapping female pronouns with ‘they.’
‘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 posted in a photo on Twitter on the one-year anniversary of Ginsburg’s death on Saturday.
But critics slammed the organization for ‘erasing women’ from a quote by such a famous women’s right advocate.
‘The ACLU literally erasing women,’ wrote Greg Scott, of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom group.
Dave Weigel, of the Washington Post, wrote that changing the quote was not a good look for the ACLU.
‘The pronoun wars are bad and silly but editing a Ginsburg quote to remove any reference to “women” looks so clumsy.’
Author Colin Moriarty likened the change to George Orwell’s novel, 1984.
‘You have become the exact type of language-bending Orwellian institution you once opposed,’ he wrote about the ACLU.
Twitter User Maya Forstater added, ‘You removed the word woman? From abortion rights? From the woman who co-founded ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project? Unreal.’
03:06 EDT 23 Sep 2021 , updated 03:16 EDT 23 Sep 2021