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Justin Bieber receives vocal support on abortion controversy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Justin Bieber took a few hard shots in the media last week for his comments in a Rolling Stone interview regarding abortion. But the pop singer received vocal support from a group that has indirect ties to the abortion debate.

Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry group that is “dedicated to helping families,” according to its mission statement, says that its “not at all” surprised by Bieber’s comments in an interview that he doesn’t believe in the practice of abortion.

“Increasingly, young people are seeing abortion for what it is. It is a tragedy, but it’s taking a life,” said Glenn Stanton, Focus on the Family’s director of family formation studies, the NY Daily News reports.

“We always kind of like to put things into left and right politics, but with the younger generation, they’re not interested in that,” Stanton continued. “They kind of want to take a more honest, objective view. And that’s what we see with Justin.”

Stanton went on to say that Bieber’s comments certainly could have an effect on his substantial fan base.

“Entertainers are influential,” he said. “They have an impact on what we think and can use their voice like nobody else. If you feel [the same] quietly, [Bieber can show that] you’re not the weirdo you think you are. I think it is very positive for Justin to use his voice.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    Rolling Stone have since apologized for editing out an important sentence from Justin’s reply! This is pathetic, the Magazine should be boycotted !!!

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    this is fantastic! my respect level for justin just multiplied X1000000000. way to stand for whats right, im proud of ya!

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    This kid just keeps amazing me more and more every time I turn around! He is talented, he’s cute, he doesn’t believe in abortion! What’s next from this kid?!!!! 😀

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    Focus on the family is an evil, corrupt, disgusting organization that is only out to destroy the family.

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    wait until a more libidinous Bieber makes a girl pregnant. Then we’ll see what his opinion is.

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    “We always kind of like to put things into left and right politics, but with the younger generation, they’re not interested in that,” Stanton continued. “They kind of want to take a more honest, objective view. And that’s what we see with Justin.”
    Thank you! As a pro-life progressive I think this kind of approach is long overdue. Baby-boomers are so famously blind to anything beyond the left-right continuum left over from the French Revolution and always subordinate morality to politics, with terrible results. Justin’s generation is showing signs of moral and intellectual growth which their ancestors can’t even conceive, much less achieve.

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    Has it really come to this? Why in the world is anyone asking Justin Bieber his opinion on anything except perhaps tween hairstyles? Quick! Somebody call Bobby Sherman and ask his opinion about the Palestinian peace process!

  • February 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    The pro-murder lobby always relies on misrepresentation, abuse and intimidation. The time will come when people will be staggered that mass slaughter of children was ever tolerated in a society that claimed to value human rights.

  • February 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    Yeah, they know how lucky they are to be here! Good on Justin!

  • February 20, 2011 | Permalink |

    it’s no wonder, Bieber was born out of wedlock to a teen mother. He easily could be dead among with millions of other children.

  • February 21, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think justin has a right to his opinion. at least he’s not somewhere grinding aganist Miley cyrus. i believe abortions are cruel, they should be made illegal everywhere in the world.

  • February 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    Is it so wrong that he is able to speak out and stand up for his beliefs? If he were pro-choice, none of these bashers would be talking. They’re just upset that he’s pro-life. He has a right to express his opinion just as much as the next guy, or any other pro-choice person out there. Keep going, Justin!

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