Toni Braxton“I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. 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.”

This is Tori Braxton in her new memoir, Unbreak My Heart … and yeah, it is pretty heartbreaking that she actually believed that God punishes people with autism. Kinda offensive to her own son, no?  Yet as the child of two pastors who grew up in an extremely strict, religious household, I suppose it’s not such a surprise that Braxton would create a sin/punishment scenario in her mind. In her memoir — which is quoted on RadarOnline — Braxton explained that years ago she discovered she was pregnant while on the acne medication Accutane, which can have negative side effects for women who are pregnant, specifically on her unborn fetus. So Braxton chose to have an abortion. But when she later had children with her now ex-husband, she learned her son Diezel had autism. I wish Braxton knew that, according to the Guttmacher Institute, roughly one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. If every woman who had an abortion later gave birth to a child with autism, there would be a lot more autistic people around. Oh, and that whole NO MEDICAL LINK thing. Minor detail. [Radar Online] [Image via WENN]

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  • DreaMLC

    Maybe it’s just me, but on my screen the quote says she believeD. As in, past tense! Furthermore the quote is not in full context. It reads as though this was a passing emotion, in a moment of grief. Mothers have a tendency to unreasonably blame themselves when they feel their child is suffering inexplicably.

    I know they need clicks, but that is not what she said. I’m pretty sure that since she used the past tense, she no longer believes that. Also, I understand typos happen, but at least get her name correct (Toni not Tori) especially if their going to put in bold. I know it’s petty, but this whole post is a stretch. They didn’t have to twist around what she said, it still makes for an interesting discussion.

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  • binks

    To be fair, that isn’t the complete insert of
    her book. She DID finish the statement off with “But I realized there is nothing wrong with my baby. He just learns
    differently.” Honestly, I
    don’t think what she said isn’t that shocking. I think she just feels (felt)
    guilty for having an abortion in the first place and she used her son having
    autism to continue to punish herself when in reality she didn’t need too.
    People like to think that having an abortion is a one and done deal that you
    sweep under the rug but some fail to realize that there are some lingering
    feelings or the guilt some women may feel afterwards ( some even years later)
    that they don’t deal with so I can’t judge Toni Braxton too harshly. Hopefully,
    she corrected her thought pattern and loves her son to pieces.

  • G

    Wow! I’ve read Toni Braxton book, but she does seem more than a wee bit confused.

    I believe God is a loving God. Toni must have been raised in an environ of God as punisher.

    Why would a loving God punish Toni for making a choice that involved a great deal of anxiety and pain?

    Why would she view her child as a punishment?

    I pray Toni realizes God is love.

  • I really do think she was just trying to express the “Christian Guilt” she was feeling and nothing more. When I was a Christian and deep into the word and church; I would believe that when bad things happened to me, it was because God was punishing me for a sin I committed. Just a horrible mindset to live in, but I see where she’s coming from. I’m sure she doesn’t think anything/ mean anything negative towards her son.