Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an unapologetic defender of abortion, making her an absolute Saint of the Left. She earned many accomplishments such as the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award, and the famed moniker Notorious RBG.
In commemorating the one-year anniversary of her death, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attempted to honor the judge but due to the Left’s quickly shifting language orthodoxy in turn demeaned her. Their tweet featured a famous quote from Ginsburg on the topic of abortion, but they took the liberty of editing it to eliminate any reference to the fact that women are the ones who become pregnant.
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
The ACLU degendered the quote, replacing “woman’s” with “person’s” and “her” with the generic “their” and “people” in various places. Why would they butcher the quote in such a fashion? It is now “transphobic” to say that only women can get pregnant and as Planned Parenthood now informs us, it is even wrong refer to abortion “as woman’s health care.” What was perfectly proper progressive rhetoric yesterday is now absolutely forbidden and qualified as discrimination. As a result, professors in leading medical schools are now sincerely apologizing to their sensitive medical students for referring to “pregnant women” rather than “pregnant people.”
So, in seeking to honor the Notorious RBG, the ACLU essentially declared her a transphobe because she lacked the sensitivity just a few short years ago to know that referring to abortion as a woman’s issue was deeply offensive. In commemorating the one-year anniversary of her death, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attempted to honor the judge, but due to the Left’s quickly shifting language orthodoxy, ended up demeaning her.
We see this official erasure of the unique power of women in other prominent places as well. The White House now refers to mothers in their 2022 proposed federal budget as “birthing people.” In defending this radical language, President Biden’s Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) explained to Congress in June that “There are certain people who do not have gender identities that apply to female and male, so we think our language needs to be more inclusive on how we deal with complex issues.”
Even if it means deeply offending women by unscientifically de-gendering one of the most important and miraculous things in the world.
Though Justice Ginsburg was wrong in her celebration of abortion, she was certainly not wrong to refer to pregnancy as an inherently female gift. The ACLU owes her, and all women, an apology.
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