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The woke speech police have struck again. And as a sign of just how fast the moral revolution is occurring in our country, even a quote about women and abortion by prominent progressive champion, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, isn’t off limits. Amazingly, when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted out a pro-abortion quote by Justice Ginsburg on September 22, they altered it to remove references to “women,” ostensibly to accommodate the new transgender speech codes.
Ginsburg’s original quote reads, “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.”
The ACLU’s version reads, “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.”
Apparently, the tweet was to commemorate the first anniversary of Ginsburg’s death and advocate for abortion access. “With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, we lost a champion for abortion and gender equality,” the tweet read. “And on the anniversary of her death, the fight to protect abortion access is more urgent than ever.”
Some have cried foul on the tweet because it alters a person’s quote and erases women by removing all references to femininity and replacing them with gender-neutral words and pronouns,
Political commentator Lauren Chen tweeted, “The ACLU is now scrubbing the word “woman” so as to not offend activists. Civil liberties, indeed.”
Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute policy director and columnist, wrote, “I may end up being completely wrong about this, but I think that eliminating biological women from the abortion debate is going to seriously diminish the energy behind the pro-choice effort. So, uh, rock on ACLU. I guess.”
Free speech advocate and George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley wrote, “I expect that Ginsburg herself would have had little patience with such woke revisionism.”
The obvious irony here is how the progressive left continues to “eat its own,” so to speak.
On the face of it, the content of Ginsburg’s original quote is itself fallacious. There is no such thing as a “right” to terminate an unborn child, and women certainly do not need to have the freedom to kill their unborn children in order to be a responsible adult. The idea that denying a woman the ability to murder another human being treats her as less than a fully adult human implies that the right to kill children is an inherent right to adulthood. It’s not. Quite the opposite, in fact. It also misses the point that when the government requires that a woman take responsibility for her actions and give birth to her child rather than kill the child as an inconvenience, the government actually is treating her as a responsible adult.
But the woke revolution is not content with radical abortion. No, now they must also accommodate the enforced transgender tyranny of neutral language and preferred pronouns, as if “people” are the ones who get pregnant, not women.
The ACLU’s edits are, quite frankly, an exercise in insanity, in denial of reality, and in the denial of the objective existence of women. It’s an obvious and objective fact that only women can give birth. It is a biological fact that only women can conceive. Women who believe they are men giving birth does not mean that men can give birth. The miracle of pregnancy and birth is an honor and gift reserved for women — and that should be celebrated, not treated as a curse.
The other issue is not only the censorship of speech but changing a deceased person’s quote without noting the change. Ginsburg is no longer able to speak for herself to say that she did not include men in her quote. It is not acceptable to alter a person’s quotes. When even a liberal icon like Ginsburg is revised, the woke speech police show just how far — and how low — they are willing to go to further their agenda.