Toni Braxton: God Gave My Son Autism Because I Had an Abortion Years Earlier

The View host Jenny McCarthy has long said she thought vaccinations may have caused her son’s autism, a supposition that has been thoroughly debunked by the scientific community. Singer Toni Braxton also has a young son with autism, but she traces the cause to a different source: God. Specifically, she thinks God gave her son autism in retribution for an abortion she had more than a decade earlier.

In a new memoir titled (what else?) Unbreak My Heart, Braxton expresses the guilt she had as a Christian for terminating her pregnancy.

“I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make,” she writes. “Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision.”

“In my heart, I believed I had taken a lifeā€”an action that I thought God might one day punish me for,” she continues. “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.”

That being said, Braxton does not totally discount the vaccination theories. “Maybe it’s just a coincidence that after my son’s first MMR vaccine, I began to notice changes in him,” she writes later in the book, addressing the controversial topic championed by celebrities like McCarthy and others.

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