Apparently, not even former Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was “woke” enough for the ACLU.
September 18th was the one-year anniversary of Ginsburg’s death, a day that brought great heartbreak (and absolute meltdowns) for so-called “feminists” on the left who viewed her as an undisputed champion of women’s rights. She was such an icon to far leftists that they lionized her in a number of ways over the decades, including making movies about her, praying that she would somehow become immortal and always be on the Supreme Court, getting t-shirts and bumper stickers made in her honor, and giving her the nickname “Notorious RBG,” a spin on the stage name for the late rapper “Notorious B.I.G.” aka Biggie Smalls.
Considering how the left revered her and treated her as a legend and heroine for women, it was rather interesting to see how the ACLU chose to celebrate Ginsburg and her legacy last week by butchering a quote to remove all references she’d made to women, instead choosing to erase them as though they never existed.
Before we get to the ACLU’s version, let’s look at the actual quote, which she said during her 1993 confirmation hearings:
“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 Government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”
Whether or not one believes abortion should be legal, those were her words. The ACLU, however, decided it was cool to alter a dead woman’s words to make them sound more gender-neutral:
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. pic.twitter.com/vIKadIHouN
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 18, 2021
They got exactly the responses they deserved, and then some:
Hi ACLU. It's actually not only acceptable but CORRECT to quote RBG exactly, instead of trying to woke-ify her in the grave, you absolute psychopaths. 🙄 https://t.co/3E4ANlAFXM
— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) September 22, 2021
ACLU just going and changing direct quotes from ( Supreme Court Person ) is just perfect.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 22, 2021
The ACLU changed RBG’s quote because RBG isn’t woke enough for 2021. https://t.co/MrU1uwmgae
— Kenny Webster (@KenWebsterII) September 22, 2021
Like every other male who has ever lived, I am a person who will never have to make the decision whether to bear a child. Even if I put on a frilly dress and demand that everybody call me Lady Godiva. Female erasure much, @ACLU? https://t.co/jvgevZpLsM
— Just a dude, I suppose (@MenganoFulano2) September 22, 2021
The ACLU is altering RBG's quote to eliminate women.
And they have the gall to claim pro-life people are anti-women. https://t.co/cHUPrWoalu
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) September 22, 2021
The ACLU is now scrubbing “woman” and “her” from a Justice Ginsburg quote. It is time for Americans of good will across the political spectrum to stand against trans ideology. “Man” and “woman” are real, distinct, and meaningful categories connected to biological sex. Say so. https://t.co/t4kLG9tMRR
— Logan Spena (@LoganSpena) September 22, 2021
I guess I should be outraged over what the ACLU did, but I’m not, because I’m thinking maybe they accidentally did women a favor in a way by demonstrating – in one tweet – the absolute absurdity of removing references to women from a quote made by a leftist women’s rights icon about an issue that directly relates to women, and on the anniversary of her death at that. The symbolism here just can’t be overlooked or downplayed.
I was surprised to see even a number of leftists in the quote RTs dunking them over it, talking about how cringeworthy it looked for the very reasons conservatives pointed out.
If it helps change even just a few minds on the issue of actual women’s rights (not talking about abortion here) and how if we don’t reverse course soon, much of what early feminists fought for will effectively be erased in the name of “transgender equality,” then that’s a step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned. The more the merrier.