Toni Braxton Thinks That God Gave Her Son Autism To Punish Her For Having An Abortion

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Toni Braxton’s new memoir, Unbreak My Heart, reveals a lot of things about her, but most importantly, that she thinks her son’s autism is a punishment straight from G-O-D. This is an actual real thing that she thought would be appropriate and not at all offensive to write in a book that would be released to billions. I’m thinking we should file this one away into our cabinet of celebrities who are oblivious about their statuses as public figures.

Toni’s ridiculous opinion about the “cause” of her son Diezel’s autism is due to the guilt that she carried over having chosen to terminate one of her pregnancies.

“Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision. In my heart, I believed I had taken a life—an action that I thought God might one day punish me for…My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt. I knew I’d taken a life…I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism.”

Wait, what?? Did a Duggar say this? This is shocking and offensive on so many levels. As someone who’s spent an incredible amount of time with an autistic person, I would just like to assure Toni that it isn’t some sort of retribution that people on the Naughty List get in their stockings. So don’t worry, Toni; if you don’t tip your next server well, your son won’t wake up with double autism the next day.

Also, whether you’d like to call it a condition or a disorder, or refer to those on the spectrum as “autistic” or “people with autism,” can we all unite to agree that hers is the most selfish response ever? It’s like, way to make discovering this new facet of her son’s life all about her and her guilty conscience.

Ugh, I’m just truly sad for Toni that she thinks this way about her own son. But I’m even more worried that her son will find out that his own mother stigmatizes such a significant part of who he is. Seriously, what the hell gives?

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    • JenH1986

      oh for fuck’s sake. I can’t with these people.

      • Olivia Wilson

        Tell me about it!

      • Kene

        With Christians as a whole or just Christians like her?…

      • JenH1986

        People who think autism is punishment.

      • 2Well

        My mom told me my depression and anxiety and social issues were punishment for her.

      • JenH1986

        :( I’m very sorry for you. That’s not ok.

      • 2Well

        I think she just had a hard time accepting that there were innate problems that I will pretty much fight for the rest of my life and that I hate the feeling of being on drugs to make them go away. Plus she’s frustrated I refuse to have myself tested for autism. So she retaliated in a fit of anger with possibly the most shocking news of my life.

        She just really wishes I didn’t have these particular roadblocks. She’d rather I was a happy human being of average academic abilities who either worked my way up in a grocery store or went to hairdressing school or something.

        I know she loves me. We actually have a better relationship now that I’m too busy to do more than call twice a week and text her that I’m alive each day (a safety precaution I have learned to live with for the time being.)

      • JenH1986

        I am glad things are better for you. If you are comfortable with things and able to care for yourself that’s all that is important!

    • CMJ
      • Olivia Wilson

        Yes. Perfect. Flawless. Perfect. Yes.

    • J_Doe5686

      I feel sorry for her kid. Sorry that his mom think of him as a punishment. SMH

      • Olivia Wilson

        I know, I hope that he never gets his hands on that book of hers.

    • Mystik Spiral

      Why would you worship a god that would do that to you?

      ETA – by “do that” I would never insinuate that there’s something awful about having an autistic kid, rather why would you worship a god who would punish you with what you clearly feel is a terrible burden?

      • Olivia Wilson

        No worries, I know what you meant! And yeah, that is an interesting point. Although it seems like the guilt that she felt caused her to almost welcome that “punishment” in order to ease it. Ya know?

      • Mystik Spiral

        Good point. It’s just sad. And her poor kid. I mean, we teased my youngest brother about being an “accident” (which he WAS), but can you imagine feeling like your existence is merely to punish your mom? Ugh.

    • loser_sneeze

      I have an aunt who thinks this very thing about her son with special needs. Breaks my heart.

      • J_Doe5686

        And I bet the kid is awesome as hell.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      I really liked her in the 90′s, even bought into that church-girl image. But I lost all respect for her in 2006 when she completely embarrassed herself by basically dry-humping Taylor Hicks onstage during the American Idol finale.

    • Tova

      heh. Double autism. My son has autism and this makes me twitchy (Toni Braxton, not your article). He’s the apple of my eye. If this was my punishment, well… bring it cause it is awesome!!.

      • Olivia Wilson

        I wholly agree. My nephew has autism as well and I think it’s such a big part of who he is and I LOVE completely who he is!

    • Awesomus

      That article broke my heart. I have women in my life who have had to make that decision. knowing how that choice had taken a toll on them, how it still affects them. I was disgusted.

      • Olivia Wilson

        Yeah, same here.

    • Talia

      Yeah, because God’s going to punish a child with a lifelong disease for something his mother did years before. I thought it was you reap what you sow, not your family reaps what you sow.