HOLLYWOOD, January 18, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – An effort to raise $10 million for crisis pregnancy centres around the world has just received a major boost from a celebrity who knows personally the good work that the pregnancy centers do: Pattie Mallette, better known as Justin Bieber’s mom.
Mallette has been vocal about the trauma, abuse and addiction that marked her early childhood and adult years. When she found herself pregnant with Justin, she was pressured to abort, but she rejected that pressure and turned to a crisis pregnancy center instead.
“I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I had to keep him,” Mallette told Kathie Lee Gifford last year. “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.”
Mallette says the pregnancy center she turned to literally “saved their lives.”
In a video released yesterday, Mallette announced that she has joined forces with Movie to Movement to raise funds for crisis pregnancy centres by hosting screenings for the new pro-life film Crescendo.
Mallette is herself acting as the executive producer for the film.
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“My hope through this involvement is to 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,” said Mallette.
Movie to Movement hopes to host 1,000 screenings across the globe, the first of which will occur on February 28. Mallette will share her personal story at some of these screening.
Nearly 100 pregnancy centers have currently made the pledge to support the film on opening weekend. In addition to a number of showings across the U.S., the film is also slated to be screened in Ireland and across Europe for thousands of attendees.
Justin Bieber himself has in the past stirred up controversy by voicing his pro-life convictions.
“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber told Rolling Stone magazine in 2011. “I think [an embryo] is a human. It’s like killing a baby.”
The film Crescendo is already receiving accolades from secular critics and pro-life advocates alike.
“Professionally, a masterpiece…Morally and spiritually, one of the most powerful tools the pro-life movement has…I have made it a personal crusade to make sure people see Crescendo,” said Fr. Frank Pavone after seeing the movie.
According to Dr. Alveda King, neice of Martin Luther King Jr. and a pro-life activist, “Crescendo touches the heart and soul of life's bittersweet song with a powerful promise that if the notes are left in God's hand, He will create a masterpiece.”