In Toni Braxton's new memoir, she says that she thinks God gave her 11-year-old son autism in order to punish her for getting an abortion earlier in life. This is not a drill.
Via the Frisky:
"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."
According to the book, Braxton learned that she was pregnant while on the acne medication Accutane — which can result in severe complications, especially to the unborn fetus — so she decided to terminate the pregnancy. She grew up in a really religious household, which explains why she'd frame her abortion in this way, but, still, it's pretty shocking to read this.
New York Daily News notes that "God's wrath" isn't the only completely unfounded cause Braxton cites for her son having autism: she seems to be a bit of an anti-vaxxer as well. Later in the book, she says, "Maybe it's just a coincidence that after my son's first MMR vaccine, I began to notice changes in him." Oh no. [Radar, The Frisky, NY Daily News]