Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber made national waves this week by expressing his pro-life views on abortion, but Rolling Stone magazine has admitted it withheld a portion of the comment that makes Bieber’s pro-life views more firm.
Asked abortion, Rolling Stone magazine initially reported Bieber said: “I really don’t believe in abortion … It’s like killing a baby.”
And asked about whether he supported abortion in cases of rape or incest, the music journal indicated Bieber said, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”
But Rolling Stone issued a “correction” after initially publishing the quote and the correction makes it clear Bieber doesn’t really believe rape constitutes a reason to have an abortion:
“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,” is what Bieber actually said.
Now, the magazine has issued another update of the quote — one that makes it clear Bieber believes the unborn child is a human being.
“I really don’t believe in abortion. I think it [an embryo] is a human. It’s like killing a baby,” Bieber actually said, with the magazine adding “an embryo for context when Beiber was apparently referring to an unborn baby through pregnancy.
The magazine admitted an “editing error” over the quote and said the quote initially released on its web site was “incomplete.” Media reports on the controversy indicate Rolling Stone issued the “correction” prior to handlers for Bieber contacting them about it.
Bieber has received strong support from pro-life advocates for his coments and several pro-life groups, including LifeNews.com, have put together a Facebook page supporting him.