September 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a recent interview with Kathie Lee Gifford for NBC’s TODAY show, Justin Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette, talked about the pressure she suffered to abort her famous pop-star son.

A victim of childhood sexual abuse, Pattie engaged in drinking, drugs and sex at a young age, ultimately finding herself pregnant at the age of seventeen.  Even though she was encouraged to abort, she told Kathie Lee, “I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I couldn’t. I just know I had to keep him.”

“I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best, and I was determined to do whatever it took.”

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Pattie’s interview, some say, sheds a new light on a 2011 interview then-sixteen-year-old Justin granted with Rolling Stone’s editor Vanessa Grigoriadis in which he stated, “I really don’t believe in abortion.” 

“I think it [the unborn child] is a human. It’s like killing a baby,” Bieber said at the time.

When pressed as to whether he opposed abortion in the case of rape, the young singer replied, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason.  I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life, commented on Mallette’s revelations about her pregnancy with Bieber.

“I applaud Justin Bieber’s mother for having the courage to stand up and say what she did, and I hope people will look up to what she did in protecting and carrying her son, see the potential of the child they are carrying and follow her example,” said Kemper. 

“Justin is a survivor of Roe v. Wade, and as we go into 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, this year marks one full generation that has lived under the shadow of that Supreme Court decision.  This is the generation that will abolish abortion.  We have survived Roe, we will not let it survive us.  We will not allow another 40 years to pass of legalized child-killing. 

In a similar story in 2011, NFL player Tim Tebow was featured in a Focus on the Family Superbowl ad with his mother, Pam Tebow, who shared how she almost lost Tim before birth due to some serious health problems.  In interviews about the ad, she spoke of the pressure from her doctors to abort Tim, but how she chose life despite the pressure.

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