In an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show, Mallette revealed how she was sexually abused as a child and, by age 14, was already using drugs and alcohol. When her hardships became too much to bare, Mallette attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming truck. Then, however, while staying in a psychiatric hospital during one of the darkest points of her life, she discovered God through a friend and became a Christian. This conversion, she said, gave her peace of mind.
But, after just six months, she relapsed back into bad behavior and, at age 17, discovered she was pregnant. Because of her young age and difficult situation, many people encouraged her to end her pregnancy.
Mallette, however, insisted abortion was never an option.
I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I couldn’t. I just know I had to keep him. And, do the best. I — you know, I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t — I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best. I had to see what I could do. And I was determined to do whatever it took.The young mother knew she made the right decision upon seeing her baby boy for the first time. "I know this sounds crazy, but he sounded like he was singing. He did."
Thanks to Mallette, today Justin can sing to millions of fans and inspire them as a living example of the sanctity of human life.
Here are just a couple of other examples of notable people who were born under difficult circumstances, yet whose mothers gave them the chance to live:
Tim Tebow – Doctors told Tebow’s mother Pam to abort her son after she became ill because the pregnancy, they said, could endanger her life. Pam refused, instead asking God that she have a healthy baby. He answered her prayers with a future star football player.
Nick Cannon – Cannon’s mother, like Bieber’s, got pregnant at 17 and considered having an abortion. She changed her mind, however, and watched her rapper/actor grow up to sell thousands of albums and become a widely popular host for shows such as the X-Factor.
Mallette tells her courageous story in her new book,Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom. Her teenage phenom has nothing but appreciation for his mother and everything she’s overcome. "I want to grow up and have the heart that my mom has ‘cause she has such a big heart,” he said. He even wrote the foreword to her autobiography, stating, “She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever known.”
Editor's Note: This post was written by Townhall.com editorial intern Cortney O'Brien.