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. CallitLikeiSeeit

    His "beliefs" are regurgitated statements of his church and family. He hasn't lived long enough or experienced life away from his "drink the koolaid" dogma.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      His "beliefs" are regurgitated statements of his church and family. He hasn't lived long enough or experienced life away from his "drink the koolaid" dogma.
      And your beliefs are not regurgitiated? Surprising enough there are no age limits or requirements on a belief system. Did "Mom and Dad's" beliefs help formulate his? Absolutely! Yet he has adopted them as his own, thus HIS beliefs!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  2. Too Much Pop Culture

    This guy is programmed to endorse the ideas he was raised with. However, life has a way of tempering our beliefs. Believe in yourself, grow and expand as God would want you to do. He blessed us with the ability to reason and to make choices that affect our lifes. Live long and full. God Bless.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  3. Will

    I don't think a 16 year old kid has had enough life experience to comment on such a fragile and controversial subject. Beiber's light will fade.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Eugene

      it is going to out"""'

      February 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Eugene

      this should be a wake up call for other young kid's that want to be a Star"""' what a shame he fell so fast" he will never be the same

      February 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  4. too young

    The kid is too young to form a real opinion about it. He can believe what him and his parent's 'beleib' now, but until he really matures and talks to older women who have been in situations, he's thoughts don't mean much to me. It's like saying the Mickey Mouse club defends pro-life. Kids think about games, sports, and growing up. I'll like to see his view in about 5 years.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  5. Mark Silvers

    Who cares what this mop-top/flash in the pan/15 minute celebrity thinks. Agree/disagree and move on. Personally, I think he's wrong and don't quote the bible. My bible is different from your bible.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  6. Snow

    Finally...someone with morals that these kids can look up to.
    Keep planting those seeds, brother!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  7. Anon1234567

    Why does anyone care what this child has to say about anything? He is a child who has not experienced much life yet and who isn't really educated enough to be expounding on things he doesn't really understand. He is a performer, not a medical ethicist. Let's try to keep perspective here.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • KB

      Even though i don't agree with his view on abortion, i'm only fifteen years old and find it seriously unfair to jump to the conclusion that since he is a child, he has no clue about absolutely anything! I come from Scotland and i've been taught about abortion, contraception, pregnancy, etc. Most likely since i've been taught it so recently i know more about it than you! To sum up, don't be ignorant and assume that since someone is younger than you, they are idiots.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  8. Marisa

    Look. There is no right answer to a question including the word "abortion." No matter what he would have said, there would have been a "backlash." Soooo why is this news again?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  9. EddieTheHat626

    Does anybody really care what this kid thinks? Does he even shave yet? LOL Please.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Eugene

      i can not understand why he did not think before he said those thing's""""his life as a Star may be Gone!!!!!!!!!!just like that' Gone

      February 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  10. Scott

    Well Well Well the little wonderboy has a conscience and the liberial media at HLN does not agree with him. HLN response-Man the battle stations, launch the attack ads, reprint everything he has said completely out of context, cancel the performances, cancel the movie, cancel the tshirts, cancel the (anything else you can think of), send him back to Canada. (sarcasm) He is a kid that has taken a stand on something go Bieber.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Libby

      Well said...Scott.

      I say, good for this kid.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. JH8

    I don't know why everyone is making a big deal about what Justin Bieber said...it's Justin Bieber, not the president. hes 14 years old, what does he know about anything.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  12. JEM

    A ban on abortion is likely to quickly grow into a ban on birth control pills, Norplants, IUD's, Contraceptive Shots and Contraceptive Patches. Do a Google search for "BIRTH CONTROL PILL ABORTION".
    Groups already have lawyers ready to launch cases to the Supreme court and its likely that with a right wing court they would win.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Scott

      So why haven't they

      February 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  13. kcheng

    Those are his views!! WHy the backlash because he opposes abortion!!!!???!!!!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Marisa


    February 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Jesusssssss


      February 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  15. mi17mtp

    Get a haircut, get a job, keep your pants zipped up and you won't have to make any decisions.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  16. Fozzie

    Future prediction: He is this generations Corey Haim. Start to finish.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  17. bo

    Yes it does "Johnson" because he's a child and doesn't even understand what an abortion is.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  18. Kris

    Good for him. I am glad that he doesnt back down from his belief system or his values for the sake of fame. People complain about the young pop stars for being "bad role models" by taking racy pics and smoking pot on camera and then turn around and complain about this kid having some morals.

    Make up your minds, America.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Matt

      Yeah, America! Have one collective thought and stick to it, already! no more of this "think for yourselves" BS

      February 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  19. yes...

    I think a lot more highly of Justin Bieber now.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • bo

      You have got to be kidding me. Really?

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

      I don't care about his opinion, but it is nice to see him not in lock-step with the other liberal, drug-addict, drunk, rehab-bound losers that permiate his profession.

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

      Give him 2 years, Richard.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  20. Dr. B. Good...

    I wonder if Justin will sing the same tune when he knocks up one of his groupies...

    February 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • choco the love taco

      justin will make one lucky guy very happy

      February 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Kate

      Justin's a stupid little punk who should keep his mouth shut. When will he go away.

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

      "doesn't even understand what an abortion is."

      A pregnancy MUST have two living human beings to exist – and if you kill the smaller of the two by sucking its brains out in utero, that's called "death" and the pregnancy ends.

      Even Bieber understands this – most children do

      February 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • ed

      I don't think he'll be reminded by 2017, he doesn't have much talent that's required to be remembered by that time..

      February 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Javaman

      Bieber is a moron who draws young girls by his looks. He might as well discuss Theory of Relativity and have an opinion. He equates embryo to a human – which is correct in his case, as he is as dumb as a fetus (no offense to the rest of us). If embryo is a human, how come we don't see them walking the streets? Where are walking chicken eggs? Where are Bieber's brains?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • Bieber4Eva

      well luckily you can't knock up other dudes.

      But Justin's faith will be tested once he wants to marry him.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
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