NEW YORK -- Justin Bieber’s mom wants to set the record straight: She’s not interested in the political fray on abortion as she promotes "Crescendo," a new film she hopes will raise $10 million for centers that help pregnant girls.
Pattie Mallette, an unmarried teen herself when she had Bieber, signed on as an executive producer after the film was finished. She said that she connected personally with the story about a suicide and abortion attempt by Beethoven’s mother.
"The press has been saying that I’m producing an anti-abortion film and taking this big stance. You know, I haven’t shared my stance with anyone and I’m not here to make a political statement Š ."
Mallette, in numerous interviews and her autobiography has recounted her own suicide attempt and pressure to have an abortion when she became pregnant at 18.
Her goal, she said, is simple: to support residential programs like the one that helped her after her parents kicked her out of the house in Canada.
"The pregnancy center that I lived in is now closed because of lack of funds, so I thought it was a really important thing that they’re doing to raise money," Mallette said.
The movie will be released Feb. 28 worldwide.