The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union apologized for a tweet that edited out women of a pro-abortion quote from late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to make it more transgender inclusive.
The ACLU was ridiculed and mocked on social media after it posted the mutilated quote on its Twitter account last week.
Executive director Anthony Romero told the New York Times in an interview Monday that the organization regretted sending out the tweet.
"We won't be altering people's quotes," Romero said. "It was a mistake among the digital team. Changing quotes is not something we ever did."
He went on to defend the political motivation behind the edited quote by affirming that transgender people also need the right to abortions.
"My colleagues do a fantastic job of trying to understand a reality that people who seek abortions are not only women," he explained. "That reality exists."
Here's the text of the edited quote:
"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."
The original quote from Ginsburg asserted that the "decision to whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman's life, to her well-being and dignity."
Despite the apology, the tweet was not deleted from its official account.
The politically correct editing of the quote by the ACLU was heavily criticized by many online who noted that they had edited out women from a quote specifically meant to defend women's rights.
"The pronoun wars are bad and silly but editing a Ginsburg quote to remove any reference to 'women' looks so clumsy," responded Dave Weigel of the Washington Post.
Despite apologizing for the misquote, Romero defended the thought behind it.
"In today's America,'' he said, "language sometimes needs to be rethought."
Ginsburg died in September 2020 just ahead of the presidential election, which allowed former President Donald Trump the opportunity to tilt the Supreme Court to the right by nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the highest court in the land.
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