Toni Braxton hasn’t really been relevant since Bill Clinton was in The Oval Office. Even still, I feel like I need to respond to a quote from her new memoir “Un-break My Heart” that’s being circulated:
"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."
Yes, Toni “Un-break My Heart” Braxton truly believed that her decision to have an abortion caused God to punish her with an autistic child. Since I’m an atheist and think all that “god’s wrath” stuff is a bunch of crap people tell themselves to make the world less scary, I’m not going to tackle that point. Still, I need to make a few very important points.
1. This is why we need our children reading books with an author who can be held accountable for their words. Also sex education… lots of scientifically accurate, inclusive and pleasure acknowledging sex education.
2. No one knows the cause of autism.
3. Bad things happen – like two bankruptcies – and there’s nothing that will stop them from happening.
4. According to all the scientific evidence available, there’s no link between abortions and autism.
5. NO ONE knows the cause of autism.
6. For the record the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine has never been actually linked to autism despite Braxton also stating, “Maybe it’s just a coincidence that after my son’s first MMR vaccine, I began to notice changes in him.”
7. According to a 2010 study published in scientific journal Autism Research, there is a strong link between the mother’s age and an increased risk of birthing a child with Autism. In 2003, when Braxton had her second child, she was 36. “Women aged 35-39 are 31% more likely than women aged 25-29 to have a child with autism.”
8. Instead of taking autism advice from singers and people who’re famous for being attractive at one point – Jenny McCarthy – you should actually talk to a doctor about your risk factors.
9. NO ONE KNOWS THE CAUSE OF AUTISM.
10. Despite headlines all over the internet, thankfully, Braxton has since come to her senses and told Us Weekly “When my youngest son was diagnosed with autism I feared that I was being punished for my earlier actions. I have since realized that my son is special and learns in a different way.” So, that’s something.