'Rolling Stone' Misrepresented Justin Bieber Abortion Stance

Julie Ryan Evans
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Justin BieberJustin Bieber unleashed a wrath of fury with his comments against abortion that were recently published in Rolling Stone magazine. People are outraged not only by what he said, but that he said anything on the topic at all. Perhaps most outrageous of all, however, is the fact that Rolling Stone left out part of his comments.

The magazine issued a correction, but not before a lot of blood pressure was needlessly raised. While pro-choice proponents didn't like him saying, "I don't really believe in abortion," it was his comments about rape that really enraged people.

The magazine originally reported that when asked about abortion in the case of rape, he 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 what he REALLY said was:

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."

And that one sentence they omitted changes things. I'm sure it won't appease everyone, and the pro-life movement may still try to recruit The Biebs as their poster child, but it certainly does show that he has a heart, that he's not unwavering in his opinion. And it should have been included in the first place.

Some say Bieber was set up by Rolling Stone and that he shouldn't have been asked such a volatile question at all. I say he's a public figure and anything is fair game, but if you're going to go there, you have to be FAIR in reporting his answer.

Shame on Rolling Stone for trying to stir the pot in what is already a contentious enough issue. They claim it was due to an "editing" error, but it seems a lot more calculated than that.

Do Justin Bieber's full comments about abortion change your opinion about his remarks?


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