- The ACLU was slammed on Twitter for replacing the word ‘woman’ from a famous abortion rights quote by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- While the ACLU changed female and female pronouns to include trans and non-binary people, critics said it was wrong to omit ‘female’ from the quote.
- ‘You removed the word woman? Right to abortion? unreal,’ wrote one person
- ACLU tweets quote on Ginsburg’s death anniversary
- It comes as a legal challenge comes against a new Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been reprimanded over a tweet that replaced a famous quote by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about abortion rights, replaced the word ‘woman’ with ‘person’ and replaced female pronouns. replaced with ‘they’.
‘The decision of whether or not to have a child is central to one’ [person’s] life, to [their] Goodness and Dignity… when the government controls that decision [people]handjob [they are] responsible for being treated as less than a full adult human [their] The ACLU posted a photo on Twitter on the one-year anniversary of Ginsberg’s death on Saturday.
The ACLU dropped the word ‘female’ and changed the pronouns to include trans and non-binary persons who can also seek abortions.
But critics slammed the organization for ‘erasing women’ from a quote by such a famous women’s rights advocate.
The ACLU tweeted an altered version of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s quote about abortion rights, replacing the words woman and female pronouns with inclusive language.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pictured in 2018, stood out as one of the most prominent figures in modern women’s rights in America. She co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in 1972
Twitter users expressed displeasure against ACLU’s move to remove the word ‘woman’
Greg Scott of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom Group wrote, ‘The ACLU is literally erasing women.
Dave Weigel of The Washington Post wrote that it was not a good idea for the ACLU to change the quote.
‘Pronoun wars are bad and silly but it seems pretty useless to edit the Ginsberg quote to remove any reference to “women.”
Writer Colin Moriarty compared the change to George Orwell’s novel, 1984.
Of the ACLU, he wrote, ‘You have become exactly the kind of language-bending Orwellian institution you once opposed.
Twitter user Maya Forstetter said, ‘You removed the word woman? Right to abortion? From the woman who co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project? Unrealistic.’
ACLU’s tweet was criticized by many on social media
While there were those who understood the ACLU’s intention to be more inclusive, some said that changing the direct quote was not the proper way to include trans and non-binary people.
Twitter user Brian Wilcox wrote, ‘Yes, his quote fails to include trans persons who are pregnant, but changing his wording is a step too far.
Another Twitter user bkb82308 wrote, ‘Friends, you are making fun of this. He didn’t say so. She hasn’t spoken. Ok. We know that not only women get pregnant. It is like constitution when they mention only men. Ok. We know what that means today. Breathe.’
Other Twitter users understood why the ACLU chose to replace the word ‘woman’, but some ultimately said it may be a step too far
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, pictured in 1977, worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight for the rights of American women, including the right to abortion.
With a desire to persuade Ginsberg, who co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in 1972, the ACLU wanted to address the current issues associated with access to abortion.
This month, Texas passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
Texas law restricts abortions when medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, which usually occurs around six weeks and some women even realize they are pregnant.
Dr. Alan Brad, a San Antonio doctor, admitted in an opinion column for the Washington Post last weekend that he had performed the procedure, becoming the first Texas abortion provider to publicly disclose it, which took effect on Sept. 1. violated the law.
A woman calls for access to abortion (pictured) at a rally at the Texas State Capitol on September 11, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Texas lawmakers recently passed legislation, including SB8, which prohibits abortion in Texas after a fetal heartbeat is detected on ultrasound, usually between the fifth and sixth weeks of pregnancy.
A woman takes part in a protest (pictured) with others to protest a six-week abortion ban at the Capitol in Austin, Texas on September 1, 2021. The Justice Department is asking a federal court in Texas to issue a temporary restraining order or one. Preliminary injunction against a new state law banning most abortions in Texas
Prosecutors cannot take criminal action against Brad, as the law explicitly forbids it.
The only way the ban is enforced is through lawsuits brought by private citizens who do not need to be from Texas and who, if successful, are entitled to claim damages of at least $10,000.
And former attorneys in Arkansas and Illinois filed separate state lawsuits against the doctor on Monday.
Brad wrote, “I fully understood there could be legal consequences – but I wanted to make sure Texas didn’t shy away from its bid to prevent this clearly unconstitutional law from being put on trial.”
Two federal lawsuits were already making their way through the courts over the law, known as Senate Bill 8. In one, filed by abortion providers and others, the Supreme Court refuses to block the law from taking effect while the case makes its way through the legal system.
It is still proceeding in the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals. In the second case, the Justice Department is asking a federal judge to declare the law invalid, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.”