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. nicole

    So when did this justin bieber article turn into this political debate? this is ridiculous...

    February 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  2. Dave

    Who cares what Justin Bieber thinks?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  3. My 2 Cents

    Good old perma-moderation, cause you know they wont bother actually moderating or posting your comment, FTFL!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Marco555

    You really need a lot more real life experience before you go poppin' off. Just shut up and learn as much as possible for the next 5 years of your life, then start taking sides.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. seabeau


    February 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Jeremy

      It's only a moral dilemma if you are too stupid to see the difference.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  6. Stevie J

    Let the downfall of a career that never should have been, begin.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  7. kiwigurlxc

    I agree abortion should be used as birth control, however, it should not be illegal because in cases of non-consent pregnancy and in the case where giving birth would endanger both the mother and child, we need to protect the rights of the woman.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • kiwigurlxc

      I mean NOT be used as a form of birth control. oops

      February 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • donna

      So a woman only has the right to control her body if she is a victim of a crime or her life is in danger? Why do you say that?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  8. Julie

    Good for you Justin! Young people need more celebrities like you to look up to. Stick with it young man.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  9. Sercor

    This kid has issues. Who is he to have an opinion on anything? He's a singer...

    February 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  10. God Did

    why in the world would god........make his son sacrifice himself..??
    you're god....the creator.....why creat such a horrible scenerio..??
    that your son...somehow has to die for sins........why even make up a story like that.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  11. Greg

    Gee here's a news story, 16 year old idiot has blindly adopted views of overly religious mother

    February 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  12. amarshall

    It is crazy how when a person has a view that supports life it causes outrage... so backwards! As living and breathing human beings, we should be supporting life of those who have not had the chance speak up for themselves yet!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  13. Sercor

    This kid is an idiot. Who is he to publicize his opinion on anything? He's a freaking singer...

    February 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Jobie

      Errr....Sercor? He didn't publicize his opinion. RS asked it. He gave it. They published it.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • bojangles

      So because he is a singer he can't have an opinion?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • donna

      Joble, that's silly. Of course he publicized it. Telling a publication something that he knows will be publicized- means he publicized his opinion. Are you really trying to argue that he was naively talking to a Rolling Stones reporter and he didn't realize they were planning to publish what he was saying to them?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  14. lucky

    any girl that's lucky enough to have relations of the pregnant kind with that kid isn't going to have an abortion. his opinion is moot. next!

    February 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  15. Woman

    Justin Bieber is just young enough to tell his real opinions. He hasn't been turned into a robot yet. Now Beyonce–she NEVER answers anything controversial in an interview. She has mastered how to be a robot during an interview. I don't blame her.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  16. JOregon

    The woman does have the right to choose – she can choose to not get pregnant in the first place.
    95% of all abortions are for birth control purposes.
    When is mankind going to realize a bottle of booze will not keep you from getting pregnant.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Lori

      You absolutely do not know what you're talking about. I worked at a family planning clinic for a long time and very rarely were women 'using' abortion as birth control. Please do not state absolutely when you do not have the facts.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Nice

      I would love to see some proof of that statistic

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • donna

      All abortions are a form of birth control. But that doesn't mean that women use it as a primary, or even secondary, means.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • JOregon

      Do you have any stats?
      Tried to find the original site with the numbers because it was an easy read.
      Instead found this one:
      My percentage might be wrong looking at this info it is more like 85%-90%
      Check chart #2 it's a PDF:

      February 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Nero

      You know know what really really really kills me??? Bachman and Palin want to tell people how to live their lives when it comes to abortion or being gay, but when Michelle Obama tries to encourage healthier habits, they demonize her. They are huge hypocrites! If their is a heaven, they won't see it with that kind of evil thinking.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  17. Tara Boyle

    If abortion is an option than so is not paying bills because I don't have any money and currently can't find a job. Babies are a result of a decision. Like my Mom use to tell me, "We know where babies come from." I just don't understand why we somehow ignore the fact that babies don't just happen.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  18. James

    This debate amazes me as I realize it's impossible that both sides will ever agree short of God working a miracle. Every person commenting was once an unborn child. Perhaps some would be okay with having been aborted in their mother's womb? Just because an unborn child cannot defend itself, it doesn't mean that it's okay to murder it, anymore than it's okay, or legal, to kill someone standing before you.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • DukeLaw

      An unborn child is incorrect terminology. It's unborn, hence it's not a child. Do you go around and claim that frozen embryos are children. Is your sperm a "half child"?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Roy

      @DukeLaw – Since it is illegal to abort an unborn child typically after the begining of the third trimester your argument holds not water. If someone murders a prenant woman – they get charged with two murders (i.e. Scott Peterson). If a person has a heartbeat and brainwave activity are they alive? That happens far before the begining of the third trimester. If you apply the same rules for declaring someone legally dead to declaring someone legally alive – abortion is clearly murder. It just is. It's not a religious thing it's a right and wrong thing.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Mike280

      We don't refer to a person as the walking dead, so we should refer to a bunch of cells an unborn baby. A fertilized egg is no more a person than a scraping of skin cells from my arm placed in a petri dish.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Nero

      If I was aborted, I would never have known... anything! If I was in Iraq minding my own business, you may have just inadvertantely murdered me with a bomb.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  19. tony

    Religion and Celebrity are brain candy for the dumbest amongst us.

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

      Greater good: Let's talk about the elderly population. They're on there way out. Any reason we shouldn't kill them out of the inconvenience of putting up with their ailing health? Just starting, ending same thing right?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Nero

      How right you are! And it's the same people that worship god, that are also worshipping so many celebrities like Bieber. No wonder these people have to go to church to remember how to be good people. Most of us just know, but I guess dumber people need to be schooled on it on a regular basis. It's a proven fact that the people that believe in religion on average have lower IQ's. Just like they have to have Rush Lim baugh teach them politics, they have to have the bible teach them morality. Too bad both sources are false. Can't think for themselves.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Nero

      to aboyd,

      That's like comparing apples to steel girders! Old "people" are people. Fetuses are fetuses. People feel fear, pain, heartache and will be missed my many. Fetuses... DON'T!!! I'm really starting to believe that study that shows that religious people have lower IQ's...

      February 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  20. Adam

    Why is that every time abortion is brought up, people feel the need to compare it to capital punishment and war? It is very difficult for me to draw the line between them. Killing can be justified when warranted to protect the greater good. Is the killing in war always right? No, but I don't hear people bringing up World War II as a defense to abortion. Why? because the war was justified in your minds. What does killing a baby justify in your minds?

    February 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • DukeLaw

      Because a 64 cell blastocyst isn't a "human" or a "baby". A fetus isn't a baby. Have you ever looked at a blastocyst under a microscope? I have. A ball of cells isn't sentient by any stretch of the imagination.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • tony

      You must have missed a lot of posts. War is abortion on a mid-boggling scale. The loss of so many potential evolutionary strong fathers, during WW I and II crippled the power of most the European nations and was a major factor in letting the US become the unchallenged super-power by the '80's

      February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • HolierThanThou

      Protecting the greater good can also pertain to limiting the number of humans on our planet. It's very selfish for some people to have so many children. There are limited resources on the earth. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist, or a tea partier, to figure that one out.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Adam

      tony, so are saying that you don't agree with war or abortion?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Jeremy

      It's not a baby, it's a potential baby. It's not a human life, it's a potential human life.

      Wars are about killing actual humans that have sentience, have families and friends, have ambitions, and have personalities. Blastocysts and embryos have none of those things.

      The difference really is that simple. Killing people is bad. Embryos are not people.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • ajk68

      The earth's greatest resource is people.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • C

      Dukelaw, if you left the blastocyst alone what would happen? Oh yeah thats right it would develop into a baby.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Adam

      Holier, it is very simple to reduce the number of people on this planet, and abortion is not the answer!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • ajk68

      Those arguing the embryo is not a human are scientific posers.
      It has human DNA; it is living. The amount of intellect has nothing to do with the amount of humanity.
      Embryos are humans at a different stage in life. Saying the stage of development has anything to do with it is akin to saying you're not human until you have pubic hair.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • aboyd

      Thus we kill at will until people are teens. Nobody should have a problem with this.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Since you so firmly believe a blastocyst is the equivalent of a teenager, I assume you attend all of the church services for your friend's and family's 1st term miscarriages? What happens to all those unbaptized embryos that don't make it. Better start baptisms at conception or at least as soon as a test can indicate that there is a blastocyst present. Of course the "pill" must be abolished as well.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Nero

      IRAQ!!! Repugnicans, who abhore the supposed murder of fetuses, have no problem murdering living, breathing, thinking, human beings for the sake of oil. They are the defiinition of hypocrites. At least the fetus doesn't know, doesn't care what's going on and if anything, they've been spared life on this earth for eternity in heaven if what you christians believe is true. It's more like killing a tree, but I don't take the killing of tree's lightly and neither should we take the killing of fetus's lightly. I just cannot stand your hypocrisy. The thing that really kills me is that Repugnicans don't want to abort any fetus's, but neither to you want to make sure these poor kids are taken care of. You certainly don't want to give them health care which can be as good as a death sentence, but now the kid is a living, breathing thinking human being, but who cares, they are no longer a fetus, right??? You did your job, now it's up to democrats to try to pick of the pieces. Irresponsible is what you are! Most of these kids, had they been born, would end up in broken homes and would likely become a detriment to society. Most would be on Welfare, which you also want to take away. You can't have it all. You need to chill out and worry about your own families and quit trying to run other peoples lives

      February 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Nero

      to ajk68

      You say the earths greatest resource is people and yet we are well on our way to destroying that which sustains us. We are in the process of aborting the planet, that which gave us life, that which we could not live without. No matter what religion/fantasy (same thing) you believe in, this is true. Faith doesn't help anything but your psyche, which is actually a good thing, but not when you try to push your garbage down other peoples throats.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
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