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. FedupinAR

    Hopefully this has already been said on here, I don't feel like reading all 16 pages of stupid comments.

    If people would learn how to control themselves and not just give in to their selfish desires none of us would be having this conversation!
    Stop have $ex if you are not ready to be a parent!!! That's it, problem solved!!!! The only 100% guaranteed birth-control is Abstinence. It is possible, it can be done, but only if you are strong enough. Small-minded weak-willed individuals have created this problem. Save it for marriage like it is intended and you won't have to worry about abortions!!! This moral depravity is sickening!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Dr Pepper

    Aaaaaanddd...the career slide starts...NOW!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  3. toxictown

    Like I need one more reason to dislike Beiber.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  4. mi17mtp

    Glad to see so many people give a crappolla about a 16 yearold fruitcakes' opinion.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  5. Logan

    I care less about what he said and care more that we are listening to what he said. Why does American culture care so much about the opinions of famous people? Let alone famous children? Granted he does make an impression on his generation who do take everything at face-value.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  6. kbt

    David Johnson.. no sorry that mindset is exactly what allows people to rationalize abortion (murder)... it is NOT a woman's body when she is pregnant. Abortion is the supreme act of selfishness motivated by supreme ignorance. Your body is NOT your own when pregnant.. you have a life inside you that is 100% dependent upon you to survive... that should come before your own selfish desires.
    @Taylor 64 - you can't find the word 'abortion' in the bible.. it's a modern word used to desensitize people to what it really is 'murder'.. which you CAN find in the bible.. Exodus 20:13 'You shall not murder'. Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus says to love the Lord God and to love others as you love yourself. You don't love someone by killing them.. you might have made a mistake or not be in an ideal (you think) situation to have child.. but don't follow one mistake with another. Abortion is never the answer. If you can't raise a child then let someone else.. there are people that want a baby that can't have one. That child is depending on you and cannot speak for itself. The true nature of a society is expressed in the treatment of it's most helpless members.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • David Johnson

      You said: "no sorry that mindset is exactly what allows people to rationalize abortion (murder)... it is NOT a woman's body when she is pregnant. Abortion is the supreme act of selfishness motivated by supreme ignorance. Your body is NOT your own when pregnant.. you have a life inside you that is 100% dependent upon you to survive... that should come before your own selfish desires."

      A fetus is not viable outside it's mother, until at least 21 weeks.

      The womb belongs to the woman. The fetus, in her womb has no legal rights. There is not such thing as the right to live inside the body of another. The fetus can remain in the woman's womb, only by her permission, until it is at least 21 weeks. The woman can decide to kick the fetus out of her body anytime within this time.

      A woman is not breeding stock. Her body, her womb, is not the procession of the government or the Catholics and Evangelicals. Slavery is illegal. So says the 13th Amendment.

      Woman's body. Woman's choice.


      February 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  7. erin

    I find it laughable that there are so many passionate comments to his remarks. What adult in their right mind takes life lessons from a 16 year old pop star? Regardless of whether you like his music or not. He's an inexperienced 16 year old! I wish him all the best but I'm certainly not looking to him for guidance on anything. I mean, really people!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Wisdom4u2

      I'm thinking you should!! He's got more on the ball than you do!! You have stinking thinking!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  8. K

    Why should we care what Justin Bieber thinks or says? He's an entertainer. Period.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  9. Johnson

    He's a star who gave his opinion on a topic. If you don't like it and it really affects you, don;t buy his product. But don't bash the kid for his opinion. Come on people.......

    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  10. Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

    He is of the age of consent, so that would suggest he can also have a credible opinion on abortion.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  11. Wisdom4u2

    Leave the kid a lone!!!
    Why does this stinking society think we all must think alike and accept all the immoral laws they pass??
    Some people don’t even have to use their ‘religious’ compass to decide what is right, they can just be mature enough to understand their hearts convictions.
    Geez, you don’t see or hear about animals choosing to kill their unborn offspring, so who’s the animals??

    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  12. CJH

    This kid is 16 years old. Cut him some slack.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  13. Rob

    And who is this kid, and why do I care? Must be a slow news day and all, with the chaos in Bahrain, Wisconsin, etc., guess you just needed some filler. Why don't they get him together with the Palin girl? Match made in heaven, no pun intended.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  14. Tiffany

    -Now why is it that "Pro-Choicers" can shout from the roof tops, and Yoga mats are everywhere (and please don't be so naive and ignorant to believe that practising Yoga is not a religious meditation...), but when a Christian speaks of his faith and beliefs he is demonised???? We love to shout about everyones rights but the rights of Christians. Well, Jesus did say, "If they have hated me they wil hate you'. Stand firm Biebers! No greater love have any man (or woman) than to LAY DOWN HIS LIFE for a friend. Laying down your ife and allowing your very own child to LIVE is LOVE!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  15. jenn

    why is a sixteen year old tween/teen popstar being asked about abortion anyway? who cares what he thinks. he doesn't know anything.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  16. Travis

    Everyone has their own opinion. Why does it have to be in the news?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  17. Captain_Colossal

    HAHHAHA Rolling Stone committed CAREER ASSASSINATION on Beiber by asking the little ignoramus to get political.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  18. alex

    wel.................. i dont care

    February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  19. Freedom of Speech

    Well, does he have freedom of speech or not? So many people think that freedom of speech only applies to people who think like they do. Strange how most of those people seem to be liberals...

    February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • DTB

      You can't be this stupid, you must have to work at it....

      Free speech works both ways, genius. He can say he doesn't like abortions, he can say he doesn't like black people for all I care.
      But we can just as easily cut him a new one for saying something so incredibly stupid.

      Grow up.

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

      Again.... calling someone stupid for having a conflicting opinion... the hatred of those with an opposive view continues

      February 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Tim

      whats a Bieber . I think it's a girl

      February 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Nero

      Of course he has freedom of speech. I haven't seen anyone saying he didn't have the right to say what he said. I only see people agreeing or disagreeing with him. Just because you say it, doesn't make it true. But most of you right wing wackos don't believe that. Probably because if the bible says it, it must be true... so by default, if you believe in the bible and you say something, it must be true??? That appears to be your reasoning... such ignorance.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Well if Bieber is Pro-Life, then I have to change my position!

    February 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
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