Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson famously quipped: “We are not final because we are infallible, we are infallible because we are final.”
The ACLU decided that a statement by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on women’s rights wasn’t sufficiently enlightened. So they deemed it not truly final, and proceeded to change it to make it more infallible.
In her 1993 Senate confirmation hearings, the future Justice stated: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity.… When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”
In 2021, on the anniversary of her death, the ACLU tweeted this modified version, attributing it to her:
All references to women and to female pronouns had been erased, replaced with gender neutral terminology.Continue reading