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Bieber’s mother to stay out of abortion debate

Mallette says she is not making a political statement by signing on as an executive producer of the film Crescendo

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  • Published: 10:21 February 8, 2013
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  • Pattie Mallette, mother of Canadian singer Justin Bieber, in New York. Mallette is an executive producer for "Crescendo," a new film she hopes will raise $10 million for centers that help pregnant girls. The movie will be released Feb. 28 worldwide.

Justin Bieber’s mum 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 (Dh36.7 million) for centres 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 Thursday 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, so there’s been a lot of assumptions made.”

Mallette, in numerous interviews and her autobiography, Nowhere but Up, has recounted her own suicide attempt, pressure to have an abortion when she became pregnant at 18 and struggles with drugs and alcohol before becoming a Christian.

The movie does include some producers who have anti-abortion beliefs, she said, but her goal is simple: to support residential programmes such as the one that helped her after her parents kicked her out of the house in Canada.

“The pregnancy centre 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.

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