By Dawn Cranfield
Justin Bieber’s Mom – Author, Executive Producer, Anti-Abortionist
Pattie Mallette, the mother of teen superstar, Justin Bieber, is the executive producer on the anti-abortion film Crescendo. The film, scheduled to screen in 100 locations on February 28, is set in the 18th century Holy Roman Empire and follows a woman who becomes pregnant.
The makers of the controversial film, Move to Movement, by writer-director Alonso Alvarez and starring Ali Landry, are hoping to raise $10 million for pregnancy centers. Mallette is slated to appear at some of the 100 screenings to boost ratings of the movie.
Mallette has spoken openly about her choices regarding abortion; she wrote about her decision to go through with her unplanned pregnancy at the age of 17 in her 2012 memoir, Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom. She hopes Crescendo will “encourage young women all over the world, just like me, to let them know that there is a place to go, people who will take care of you and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn.”
In retrospect, one can only imagine her tale has a positive ending and she would encourage others to keep their child. Having been blessed with a never-ending supply of fortune and fame, she is now able to live out her dreams.
However, not every story has such a happy and prosperous ending. There are unwanted and unloved children peppering the streets of every major city in the United States. One has only to pick up a newspaper (virtual or otherwise) and read the story of an abused or murdered child to wonder if that child would have been better off aborted rather than having had to live his or her short life being tortured.
When Mallette refers to “a place to go” and “people who will take care of you,” to whom is she referring? Many teens and young women do not have family or resources to help them carry a baby to full-term, much less to care for a baby afterwards. Of course, there is always adoption; however, there are psychological ramifications for a mother in those cases as well.
Mallette is not the only example of stars jumping on the anti-abortion bandwagon: Tim Tebow’s parents taped a Public Service Announcement (PSA) imploring women to keep their babies.
There is no easy solution to the abortion controversy, and bringing the topic to the forefront is a step in the right direction. Still, is the best conduit to a solution the mother of a popstar?