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Columnist: Florida shooting could have been prevented if mother aborted

After a tragedy like a mass shooting, it’s understandable that people try to find ways to prevent them from happening again. However, one Twitter user had a suggestion that left people horrified: more abortions. Becky Griffin is an Israeli model, TV presenter and actress, and she took to Twitter to suggest that more people should have abortions to stop people like Cruz from perpetrating mass murders.

The nation is currently in mourning after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was the shooter, and he was also an adopted child who had mental health problems. His adoptive father had died several years prior to the shooting, and his adoptive mother died of pneumonia in November. He had since been living with friends.

The tweet immediately got backlash, but Griffin didn’t back down:

She quickly jumped to the notion of mental illness being genetic — and therefore, Cruz again should have been aborted.

It’s horrifically offensive, but sadly, Griffin’s take is not unusual: people who are considered “unfit” should not be having children. People who are pro-abortion frequently defend the notion of aborting babies purely because of their race, socioeconomic status, or disability. Griffin’s argument in favor of aborting children to prevent crime isn’t unheard of, either; these screeds are often tinged with racism, as showed most notably by abortionist Ron Virmani, who said that people need to abort their “ugly black babies” because they will only grow up to be criminals.

Even pro-abortion activists were outraged at Griffin’s statements:

There is no excuse for such horrific rhetoric. It is wrong, it is offensive, and it is often racist or — as in this case — ableist. Griffin should issue an apology, and perhaps do some soul-searching.

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