Edit 2.17.11 1:18pm EST: This article was updated to include Bieber’s quotation as corrected by Rolling Stone. The magazine says it was due to an “editing error” that the statement, “I don’t know how that would be a reason,” was left out of the star’s quoted answer on abortion after rape.


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February 16, 2011 ( – In a soon-to-be-published interview with Rolling Stone, teen idol Justin Bieber revealed that he shares something in common with a growing number of young people in the United States – he is pro-life.

“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber told contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis. “It’s like killing a baby?”

When pressed as to whether he opposes abortion in the case of rape, the young singer replied, “Um. Well, 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.”

Canadian-born Bieber’s conviction evidently has nothing to do with party politics, as he revealed when asked who he would support when he’s old enough to vote. “I’m not sure about the parties. But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad,” he said.

Erik Whittington of the pro-life organization Rock for Life said Bieber’s remarks are “Great news” since he “has huge influence on young people.”

At the same time he questioned Bieber’s hedging on the question of rape. “Justin, I thought you said, ‘It’s like killing a baby?’ If it is, which it is that what is the problem?  Why the hesitation?  How come it’s OK to judge other situations but not this one?”

Bieber also suggested that his young fans should wait to have sex. “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them. … I think you should just wait for the person you’re … in love with,” he said.

In a recent interview with Catholic Online, Justin Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette, said that she “brought Justin up in the faith” and that her son attended a Catholic school. Mallette, a former Catholic, identifies as a non-denominational Christian.

Mallette asked her son’s Christian fans to pray for the young singer, who shot to stardom at the ripe age of 15 after his single “One Time” reached number 12 on the Canadian Hot 100, and called the entertainment industry a “dark” business. “My prayer is for Justin to be protected against the temptations of the industry,” she said.

The youthfulness of the American pro-life movement – the March for Life in Washington this year, as usual, owed much of its size to an army of young people – has been noticed even by leaders of the abortion lobby. “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young. There are so many of them, and they are so young,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan last year, after observing the March.

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