Justin Bieber's mother, Patti Mallette, is producing an anti-abortion short film called Crescendo, which will raise money for so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" that present themselves as alternatives to abortion clinics.
Mallette famously got pregnant and gave birth to Justin at 17, after a troubled adolescence as a drug and alcohol addict and a suicide attempt. She has been a quietly vocal anti-abortion advocate throughout her son's rise to fame. (Although the most attention the Bieber family ever got for their conservative views was when Justin told Rolling Stone abortion was "killing a baby." The reporter asked him whether he felt that same way in the case of rape and Justin replied, "Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.")
But now Mallette is taking a more public turn, a la Tim Tebow's mom, by executive producing an anti-abortion short film that will be screened in both America and Europe. In a statement Mallette said she hopes it 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." Crescendo, which debuts February 28, is hoping to raise $10 million in funding for "crisis pregnancy centers," also called CPCs, "pregnancy help centers," or "pregnancy care centers." Mallette went to a CPC herself back when she was pregnant with Justin.
As explained in the documentary film 12th & Delaware, CPCs are not medical clinics and are not staffed with medical professionals; they often set up shop near abortion clinics in the hopes they will trick women seeking abortions to come inside. Employees at CPCs are trained to dissuade women from terminating pregnancies and have even been known to use ultrasounds and lie to women about their due dates. More and more cities, such as San Francisco and New York City, have been regulating CPCs, insisting that they post signage clarifying that they do not provide abortions or prescribe contraception.
What a shame that will all her money and influence, Patti Mallette would want to align herself with the shady side of the anti-abortion movement.
You can watch the trailer for Crescendo below:
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