Pattie Mallette, the woman who did not abort Justin Bieber, is on a media blitz this week to alert the public that just because she’s an executive producer of an anti-abortion film does not mean she’s trying to take a political stance on abortion. The short film, Crescendo, is about a young pregnant woman contemplating abortion by suicide. Thank God she doesn’t, because the baby grows up to be none other than Ludwig van Beethoven.
Not at all coincidentally, Mallette was suicidal and under pressure to have an abortion when she became pregnant at 18 and was kicked out of the house. She joined as a producer after the film was finished, she explained to Today’s Savannah Guthrie yesterday, because she hopes it will raise $10 million for pregnancy centers. “The pregnancy center 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,” she told the AP.
So it’s not so much that Malette’s anti-abortion as she wants young, poor, or otherwise disenfranchised women to have the option not to abort the musical geniuses of the future. Fair enough. As long as we’re dealing in abortion counterfactuals, can someone please explain how Bieber’s music would sound if Beethoven had been aborted? Better or worse?
Oh, and Mallette also says she can’t keep up with his relationship with Selena Gomez. “I have no idea if they’re on-again, off-again,” she told the AP. “It’s a constant thing. Today I’m not sure where they stand. I try to stay out of it. He’s 18. He doesn’t want me getting involved in his romantic life.”