Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, staying out of abortion debate (Video)
Justin Bieber's mother Pattie Mallette says she is not trying to make a political stance about abortion with "Crescendo," a new short film about pregnant girls that she is producing.
Mallette was a teenager herself when she gave birth to her son who is now 17 and one of the most popular pop stars in the world. She made her comments on NBC's "Today' show on Thursday, two days before Bieber is set to host the network's late-night series "Saturday Night Live."
"Crescendo" is about the mother of famed 18th century composer Ludwig van Beethoven. According to an urban legend dubbed the "Great Beethoven fallacy," which is occasionally cited in religious teachings, the artist's mother had a serious illness while pregnant with him. The story, which has many variations, poses the question of whether she should have chosen to have an abortion.
"It's a true story, it's a historical piece and the reason I wanted to get involved with this film is because you know I lived in a pregnancy home [during] my whole pregnancy with Justin and so this is going to be used as a tool to raise money for pregnancy centers," Mallette said. "So regardless of your stance -- pro-life or whatever it is, I just think that anybody would want to help girls in need if they need a place to stay."
She added that saying at a home for expecting mothers when she was pregnant with the singer saved her life.
"It helped me so much," she said. "I know, for me, I'm not trying to make a political stance. The media says all kinds of stuff about where I stand and what's I'm saying and like Justin, I'm not trying to get involved in that stuff. I'm here just to help the girls find a place to stay when they're pregnant."
Bieber had told Rolling Stone in 2011: "I really don't believe in abortion. It's like killing a baby."
"Crescendo," is set for release on February 28 and is touted by the Catholic pro-life organization Priests For Life as a " powerful pro-life film."
"This is absolutely one of the most powerful pro-life tools our movement has produced," added Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.
His group quoted Jason Jones, founder and president of the film's production company, Movie to Movement, as saying: "We are urging everyone to join together and celebrate the incredible potential of every single human life."
Mallette said she doesn't feel the project has a "pro-life message," adding: "I mean, people are going to get from it what they want to."
"To my knowledge, it's not an anti-abortion message, it's not an anti-abortion film," she added. "It's just the story of Beethoven's mom and she tried to have an abortion, she tried to commit suicide and was unsuccessful."
Mallette is touted as being Bieber's mother on the film's official website, which also features photos of her with the singer when he was a child.
On the "Today" show, Mallette also talked about Bieber's on and off relationship with fellow pop star Selena Gomez.
"You know, I just try and support whatever he's wanting and I think she's a sweetheart and whatever they decide is great," she said.
Watch Patti Mallette's interview on NBC's "Today" show below.