The ACLU has apologized for changing the wording of a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to include gender-neutral pronouns.
The civil rights organization tweeted on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court justice’s death: “The decision of whether or not to give birth to a child is central to a [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] own options. “
The tweet changed the judge’s original references to “woman” and “her” to “they” and “their.”
In a piece on the ACLU site five days later, Louise Melling, legal director and director of the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Center for Liberty, wrote: “Justice Ginsberg wrote about women and women’s equality as she talked about abortion. (At the time, there was not yet widespread awareness of the importance of abortion for transgender men and non-binary people.)
The removal of Justice Ginsberg’s original reference to women sparked social media backlash and criticism this week new York Times Columnist Michelle Goldberg.
She wrote that Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, told her he regretted the tweet and said the organization would not drastically change the quotes from anyone else going forward — but felt the late judge and trailblazer had gendered his quote. The spirit behind making neutral would have been supported.
“Having spent time with Justice Ginsberg, I believe that if she were alive today, she would encourage us to develop our language to include a broader vision of gender, identity and sexuality,” said Mr. Romero to Ms. Goldberg, who called the tweet a “mistake”.
The original quote was uttered by Ms. Ginsberg during a 1993 hearing and referred to reproductive rights – and was tweeted by the ACLU in honor of not only the late justice, but Texas’ controversial abortion ban about the choice. I discussed more.
Ms. Ginsberg, a Brooklyn native, was the second female justice on the US Supreme Court and is credited with advancing the rights of women and underserved communities across America. He died last year at the age of 87.
new York Times Columnist Ms Goldberg took issue with the ACLU’s decision to replace any quotes from the ground-breaking judge, writing that “it was somewhat Orwellian to rewrite historical narratives to suit modern sensibilities.
“Changing Ginsberg’s words treats a once core feminist insight—that women are oppressed on the basis of their fertility—as a shameful anachronism.”
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