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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie Appears to Get Constitution Wrong

According to the movie trailer, the word "freedom" does not appear in the Constitution. That would be news to the framers.

By NTK Staff | 07.17.2018 @3:38pm

A trailer for the film “On the Basis of Sex,” a movie about the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, indicates that the film’s script gets a basic fact about the U.S. Constitution wrong.

In the climax of the trailer, Ginsburg, played by actress Felicity Jones, argues a sex discrimination case before a panel of judges.

“The word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in the U.S. Constitution,” one judge says to her.

In a response that the film’s scriptwriters most likely thought clever to insert, Ginsburg replies, “Neither does the word freedom, your honor.”

But that’s false. The word “freedom” appears in the First Amendment, which bars Congress from regulating the “freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The word “liberty,” clearly synonymous with freedom, appears three times in the Constitution.

And the entire premise of the exchange is questionable. It’s true that the words “woman” or “women” do not appear in the Constitution, but neither do the words “man” or “men.”

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