February 18th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Backlash over Bieber's view on abortion

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog

In the video above, AJ Hammer from HLN's Showbiz Tonight reports that Justin Bieber is turning heads following a Rolling Stone article in which he talked about his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape.

He told the magazine:

I really don't believe in abortion. I think [an embryo] is a human. It's like killing a baby. [In the case a rape], 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.

The pop star has made no secret of his Christian faith over the course of his short career. In an article about his new 3D movie, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," Religion News Service asked if Bieber was becoming a "tween evangelist."

Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager and one of the film's producers, told the Religion News Service:

People will walk away (from the movie) knowing faith is very important to him. As a Christian, he's someone to look up to. ... When (fans) are getting the real person is when they can connect to that person.

Bieber told the Rolling Stone more about how his faith informs his career as a performer:

I feel I have an obligation to plant little seeds with my fans.  I'm not going to tell them, 'You need Jesus,' but I will say at the end of my show, 'God loves you.'

Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, is also outspoken about her Christian faith, regularly tweeting out Bible verses from @studiomama.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Abortion • Celebrity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Movies • Music

soundoff (2,810 Responses)
  1. Marci

    how can the opinion of a 14 year old boys view on on abortion matter to anyone?

    February 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  2. WHATTHEF!!!!

    How about we ask serious questions like this to those that are OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE! I don't care WHO he is as an entertainer, he's not even old enough to be considered an adult. His opinions about things that effect WOMEN have absolutely no value.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Shelby

      This issue doesn't just affect women; it's about the value of an unborn baby. How is his/her worth decreased by the fact that he/she resides underneath a layer of skin and muscle? Take a look at a 3D or 4D ultrasound. Watch him/her move, suck a thumb, cover face with hands. The baby is alive, innocent, and helpless. There is NEVER justification for this type of murder.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  3. ralphralphralph

    Who cares at all about what a pre-teen Canadian pop star who is clearly looking for attention after losing the Grammy's has to say about anything? His opinion is worthless.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  4. Jim

    Who cares? He is going to be in jail, on drugs or dead in a few years just like all the other kid stars.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Johnson

      You get my vote for the most pathetic post on here....

      February 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    He's a child! Who cares what he thinks?

    February 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  6. Alex

    It sad how Americans like to just attack people for well formed opnions instead of being open minded enough as to try to understand how they've formed their opinions.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • madmatt

      He is just another in a long line of men who think women are too dumb to be allowed to control their own body...the kid thinks his fans are stupid

      February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  7. ChristoInferno

    Translation: "If you were impregnated by a rapist, it's for a reason."

    There, feel better?

    February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  8. Connie

    Why would I possibly care about the opinion of a 16 yr. old? Plus he, in particular, is a sheltered, immature young man who doesn't know the first thing about real life. Why would they even ask him that question? Ridiculous.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Shelby

      Good question, Connie. What, then, prompted you to respond to this article?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  9. bo

    He has a little boy haircut and a teen girl following. Is this the type of person we want giving opinions on a serious matter?

    February 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Johnson

      He was asked his opinion.....he gave it. Does it really matter to you????

      February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  10. taylor64

    Give me the chapter and verse (someone, somewhere)- because the word abortion doesn't show up in any version on bible gateway. But, the word Judge shows up 138 times. You are obviously a good judgemental christian with your insults, and you are a male no doubt.... LOL!!!!!! And yes, JB does use the word judge.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Linda

      The bible says thou shall not kill. Abortion wasn't even a word then.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  11. MJ

    This KID is 16 years old. When you are 16 years old you typically have the same moral and political views as your parents. ask him again in 5 years.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  12. Eduardz

    " I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."

    Wow, he's already smarter than most adult Christians.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  13. Really !?!

    So now WWJD stands for "What Would Justin Do " 🙂

    February 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  14. who cares get over it

    Everyone is allowed to express how they feel. No one can tell you what to think and you cant tell anyone else what to think. So get over it!!!!! Keep it moving. It is a personal choice no one is right or wrong. To each his own. Worry about your own life and own problems instead of creating drama that has nothing to do with you. Go adopt a puppy or child if you want to make a difference instead of sitting on your computer.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  15. AGeek

    The minute this 16yr old pop star is capable of carrying a child to term, I'll sit and listen to what he has to s say. Until then, he's cordially invited to STFU.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Really geek, STFU. Well, maybe you should never have children. Dare they have an opinion.

      BTW in Canada, the 16 year old could be serving in the military reserve, and at 17 the regular force. He would be old enough to put his life on the line, so that folks like you can have an opinion.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Johnson

      You're out of your mind.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  16. bo

    This is a child giving an opinion on abortion.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • krb79

      Since children are the largest group of victims of abortions, perhaps we should hear what they have to say about it!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Rick

      There are thousands of children this year who will never get the chance to give their "opinion" on abortion...being that they're dead and all.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  17. Allen

    Great to see a "star" standing for Godly morality instead of trashing it. I pray Mr. Bieber has a support network to keep from being "star" struck and falling like Miley.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  18. Rebecca

    The fact is, wheather you agree with abortion or not, they will happen. 99% of women who make up their minds that they do not want to have a baby will not still want to keep it because a law tells them they have to. If abortion is made completely illegal , there will not all of a sudden be more children in the world, but more dead or permenantly damaged women who will seek out illegal abortions. I think that with all the different forms of very effective birth control out there this is no reason in this day and age to get pregnant by accident, but it still does and always will happen. I am pro-choice, but will never have an abortion, without medical reasoning behind it.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Shelby

      Cite the source of that statistic, please.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Bebe

      How strange to have a discussion about a medical procedure in an article about a teen idol because he opens his mouth and in reality does not discuss abortion so much as religion. For as soon as you equate abortion with murder, you are no longer discussing medicine but religion. This is your right, but my concern is when someone does not believe ANY woman has the right to make a decision about what is right for her. If you do not believe in abortion, no one forces you to have one. Since not everyone’s religion sees a fetus as a human being but a potential baby, it is essential to respect that in our democracy, women must be allowed to make their own decisions about their bodies, for that is what this all about. Having said that, it is of note to point out that most women seeking abortions are not doing so because of failure of birth control. Very few women see abortion as birth control and although using birth control does not guarantee no pregnancy, most abortions are sought by married women for a variety of reasons, among them having a husband who threw away their birth control pills or in some other way tried to force the issue of pregnancy. Another group of women seeking terminations have been advised to do so by their doctors, usually because they have been discovered to have cancer, or the fetus is so badly compromised that they believe a termination is called for. Even in those extreme cases, no one can force a woman to have an abortion. So you see, the argument really comes down to allowing women, in conjunction with their physicians, deciding what course of treatment or care they desire for themselves. Anyone who is terribly angry about abortion should perhaps go rescue a live baby who has been abandoned and needs to be adopted. That would truly be demonstrating a respect for life. http://barbarspen.blogspot.com

      February 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Shelby

      No, Bebe. If we as a society view the intentional destruction of a human life (apart from self-defense) as murder, then "abortion" is murder. Also, please cite the sources of the information you referenced; otherwise, its validity is in question. ADOPTION, people. Have you any idea how many prospective parents would jump at the opportunity to adopt a newborn? And women, these may be "our bodies," but there's another body - and life - inside that is just as precious and valuable as ours.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Shelby, it is about religion because you are defining the moment when an embryo becomes a full human being as the moment of conception, so to YOU it is murder. However, to me a blastocyst is not a human with everything that goes with it.

      I assume you are against the pill and ALL abortion, including the cases of ra.pe and incest (Like Bieber). And that you attend church services for the 1st term miscarriages of friends and family. And support the enforcement of ALL abuse and neglect laws as appropriate against any woman more than 1 second pregnant that does not properly care for her pregnancy? Every se.xually active woman should have to test for pregnancy at least twice a month to minimize the delay she in properly caring for a potential new human inside of her.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  19. Kyle

    Is this really much of a surprise? Did anyone really expect him to respond to big questions like this with any intelligence, education, or reasoning? He's a 16 year old pop star. If the question isn't based on his fan base demographics then he isn't going to know anything.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • madmatt

      Yet he was right about the US being evil and not caring whether its citizens live or die.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Rob

      Wow, so the only intelligent, reasoned and educated point of view is that abortion is acceptable? Way to keep an open mind....yeesh

      February 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  20. Jill American

    " ... 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."

    I am pro-choice and NOT a Bieber fan at all but I think his statement was reflective about what he belives with the final sentence summing it up. He may disagree but he is not going to judge. I think every WOMAN has a right to decide between herself, her god, her faith and her doctor. He is just a kid and a pop star.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Women shouldn't have the right to abort. It is murder.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      He is being non-judgemental about the reason for the ra.pe.
      He has to be or he has to question why his god allowed a human to be created through the act of ra.pe.
      Reread his statement and you will see the truly sick statement for what it is.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      "Women shouldn't have the right to abort. It is murder."

      Then you pay for all the unwanted children then. You see right to lifers only support birth... not life.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • GeorgeInFL

      Why did a reporter ask a 16 year old this question knowing that the answer would go viral?
      Why, as adult readers (I am assuming a lot there), are we thin skinned enough to take issue with his responses?
      Does this reporter still have a job?

      Justin is 16. In our world he is not expected to make adult decisions or choices. That's why here in the US he could not vote. Yet some yahoo reporter asks him a question that was totally irrelevant to the affairs that night and probably totally unexpected, and people are taking this for the word of the Pope!! Come on people!! Get real!!

      Justin – You rock Baby. You were tossed a curve ball and you took a swing at it!! I for one respect your answer. After all you were smart enough to admit that you really don't know the answer. Good you you!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
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