The ACLU took the original statement from Justice Ginsburg and rewrote it by removing references to “women”.
Original source quote:
“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 the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices.”
ACLU’s version of the quote:
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
Justice Ginsburg is one of the most admired [Person’s] in U.S. history, and originally co-founded the ACLU’s [Person’s] Rights Project according to the ACLU.
There is this defense of the edited quote:
Instead, it is okay to revise the past words of dead people because the situation today has changed, it is argued:
Imagine trying to interpret history by rewriting original sources. Someone wrote a book about that.
Is it acceptable to rewrite the quoted text of famous people to change their past thoughts to incorporate contemporary thinking or to promote current ideology du jour?
Saved copy of the tweet in case ACLU deletes it later: