Journalist Becky Griffin’s tweets about abortion and the mass shooting went viral Thursday.
“Woman puts baby up for adoption, he grows up to be a violent young man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a mass murder. Tell me more about how abortions are wrong,” she wrote Thursday.
"Woman puts baby up for adoption, he grows up to be a violent young man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a mass murder. Tell me more about how abortions are wrong."
The tweet is a reference to alleged mass murderer Nikolas Cruz’s background as an adopted child. According to the AP, he was living with friends after both of his adoptive parents died. Neighbors said his mother, Lynda Cruz, died Nov. 1, and Cruz had mental health problems.
Cruz allegedly killed 17 people and injured 13 others Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the report states.
Griffin quickly received backlash for her tweets about adoption and abortion. Responding to her critics, Griffin directed “trolls” to an old article claiming that abortions reduce crime. Experts have refuted this claim, made popular in the book “Freakonomics,” numerous times.
While Griffin later clarified that she does not oppose adoption and did not mean to insult any adoptees, she continued to assert that some children should be aborted.
"This drew so much attention by ppl jumping to conclusions like I think adoption is wrong, when all I said was that a woman who was clearly unfit to have a child — did — did NOT raise him — and maybe it could have turned out better if she could have made a CHOICE. "
People on both sides of the abortion debate quickly criticized Griffin for using the slaughter of 17 innocent lives to push abortion.
Among them was popular conservative commentator Ben Shapiro.
Ben Shapiro✔@benshapiro: "Woman puts baby up for adoption, he turns out to be Steve Jobs. Tell me again how abortions are right."
Abortion activist and writer Robyn Marty also criticized the tweet.
Robin Marty✔@robinmartyWow: "Dear abortion rights supporters - if you are using the fact that the Florida shooter was adopted to promote keeping abortion legal, you are doing it very, VERY wrong."
The solution to ending such horrific, massive violence as the Parkland shooting is troublingly uncertain. Politicians and average Americans will continue debating solutions for years.
But one thing is clear. Violence against children in the womb cannot be the answer to violence against children outside the womb. We have no way of knowing if a child in the womb will be a revolutionary like Steve Jobs or a violent criminal. What we do know is every human life has value, and every child, born and unborn, deserves to live and grow free from violence.