Published April 27, 2009
It’s no secret that the majority of Hollywood stars are strong advocates for a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to terminate a pregnancy, however former "Sports Illustrated" supermodel-turned-entrepreneur-turned-author Kathy Ireland has gone against the grain of the glitterati and spoken out against abortion.
"My entire life I was pro-choice — who was I to tell another woman what she could or couldn’t do with her body? But when I was 18, I became a Christian and I dove into the medical books, I dove into science," Ireland told Tarts while promoting her insightful new book "Real Solutions for Busy Mom: Your Guide to Success and Sanity."
"What I read was astounding and I learned that at the moment of conception a new life comes into being. The complete genetic blueprint is there, the DNA is determined, the blood type is determined, the sex is determined, the unique set of fingerprints that nobody has had or ever will have is already there."
However Ireland admitted that she did everything she could to avoid becoming a believer in pro-life.
"I called Planned Parenthood and begged them to give me their best argument and all they could come up with that it is really just a clump of cells and if you get it early enough it doesn’t even look like a baby. Well, we’re all clumps of cells and the unborn does not look like a baby the same way the baby does not look like a teenager, a teenager does not look like a senior citizen. That unborn baby looks exactly the way human beings are supposed to look at that stage of development. It doesn’t suddenly become a human being at a certain point in time," Ireland argued. "I’ve also asked leading scientists across our country to please show me some shred of evidence that the unborn is not a human being. I didn’t want to be pro-life, but this is not a woman’s rights issue but a human rights issue."
Ireland also asserted that she believes "no justification is adequate" (for an abortion) unless another the mother's life is in danger.
"In that instant, your intention is not to kill but to save the life of another. If we’re about to demolish a building we make absolute certain there are no human beings in there before we take a wrecking ball to it, but the unborn doesn’t have a voice so it's up to us to speak for them," she added passionately. "If I see someone abusing a child I am going to stand up against that, and that’s how I feel about abortion. Women are not given all the facts, they’re told it is a harmless procedure and now it has turned into such a political football."
The committed Christian and devoted mother even dedicated the chapter "Faith & Your Family" in her new book to her foundations in Christianity and believes that this is what’s missing from so many American families today.
"You have to figure out your own values and why you have them. People are going to try and push and pull at your convictions, so you have to have boundaries and put them in place," she said.
But on the opposite end of the spectrum, "Judging Amy" star Amy Brenneman has been busy voicing her views as a strong advocate of pro-choice over recent years.
"(My involvement) is really through this feminist majority that I work with and it is a very important issue that’s close to my heart," Brenneman told Tarts at last week’s Autism Speaks event in Hollywood. "Unless a woman really has sovereignty over her own body we really haven’t come that far."
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt reportedly each earn $65,000 per episode of "The Hills" (not to mention the hundreds of endorsements and appearances) but even so, the cheesy couple apparently didn’t want to pay for their own wedding and had that sponsored too.
The day before the bid day (Montag and Pratt officially tied-the-knot at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena on Saturday) we’re told a "Hills" production assistant was frantically calling around in desperate search for a "donated location" to host the reception. When it was suggested they contact SBE’s swanky strange hotel SLS, the "wedding planner" was quick to say that "the bride has had issues there in the past." (Funny that, Montag’s former employers over at SBE/Brent Bolthouse actually own the hotel. Her ex-boss Brent Bolthouse even attended the wedding as a friend which makes us wonder why one of their venues didn’t want to accommodate …)
The newlyweds ended up settling for a party at Social Hollywood following the extra-long ceremony (they were filming for the reality show which ofcourse means lots of re-takes).
Speaking of "The Hills," it seems Whitney Port’s spin-off "The City" is just as scripted. Port was spotted filming the second season of the show on Clinton Street on the Lower East Side last Thursday and was apparently shuffling scripts around.
"Whitney is terrified people will find out that her show is scripted. If anyone comes within view or hearing of filming of 'The City,' Whitney freaks out and makes a production assistant give the person a non-disclosure form to sign," an inside source on the set said. "She drops character the minute she sees someone who is not part of the crew. She doesn't want people to know she's 'acting' if you would even call it that. She believes she is a part of reality TV and wants everyone else to believe that."
Last year Pop Tarts reported before the series had even begun that Port was being "directed" to have a disagreement with her co-worker Olivia Palermo and then the second the cameras stopped rolling the two were seen happily chatting and laughing together.
Al Roker reading aloud from "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" to 800 fourth grade NYC public school students at Lincoln Center to kick off Learning Leaders Great School Volunteer Week on Monday.
Jessica Alba, Amy Brenneman, Sarah Brown (wife of UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown), Naomi Campbell, Kristin Davis, Rosario Dawson, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Barry Gordy, Shari Headley, Paris Hilton, Pras Michel, Wolfgang Puck, Chris Tucker, Cicely Tyson, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Billy Zane at the Leadership for Health First Ladies of Africa Health Summit Gala Awards show in Beverly Hills on Tuesday evening.
Lauren Conrad & Mario Lopez toasting to Los Angeles nightlife kings, JT Torregiani & Sylvain Bitton at a birthday party hosted by The Dolce Group on Tuesday night which also featured a live performance by the Beat Freaks and Three-six Mafia, with Ray J.
John Legend and girlfriend Chrissy Teigen sharing passionfruit and coconut sorbets at Bagatelle in the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos on Tuesday night.
Taryn Manning donning a Haute Betts headpiece and Jenny B casual shirt at Yogen Fruz in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.
Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel supporting Countess LuAnn de Lesseps at her "Class with the Countess" book signing at Borders in NYC on Tuesday night.
Kim Kardashian carrying boxes from her new Shoedazzle line into a meeting at the CW building in NYC on Wednesday.
Kelly Monaco dining on raw salad and a veggie roll wrapped in soy paper at Simon at Palms Place in Vegas on Wednesday night.
Paris Hilton and beau Doug Reinhardt showing up late to a dinner with friends at Nobu West Hollywood Wednesday night.
Natalie Portman quenching her thirst with a Snapple ice tea at the Direct TV Tribeca Film Festival Center on Thursday.
Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Garcelle Beauvois-Nilon, Jane Seymour, Zach Braff, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo (looking far from broken up despite all the rumors) as well as Chris Klein, Nicky Hilton and Shiva Rose at the 14th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Show Opening to Benefit P.S Arts, held in Santa Monica on Thursday.
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Kerry Washington, Mary-Kate Olsen, Diane Kruger, Debra Messing, Adrien Brody, Alexis Bledel, Bradley Cooper, Moby, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Henry Cavill and Molly Shannon at the Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Dinner in support of the Tribeca Film Festival Artist Awards program in NYC on Thursday night.
The five remaining Idol hopefuls, Julian Sands, Eric Idle, Kenneth Branagh, Xander Berkeley, Jeff Lynne, Bruno Tonioli, Lucy Davis and Fred Williard at the British Consul General’s Official Residence in Hancock Park for a BritWeek celebration on Thursday.
Socialite Tinsley Mortimer donning Judith Ripka at The Save Venice Society "La Notte Arancione" on Thursday in NYC.
Chris Martin, The Cure's Jason Cooper, Channing Tatum, Jimmy Kimmel, Elisha Cuthbert, Christina Applegate, Jared Leto and Jack McBrayer at the W Hollywood Residences for the Rock the Boulevard post party on Thursday night.
"Showgirls" starlet Elizabeth Berkley in the audience of Vegas burlesque production Peepshow at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino late Thursday night.
Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Sebastian Gregory and Sarah Woods partying at the Bankside Films premiere screening at The Union Square Ballroom on Thursday.
Jamie Foxx performing for guests including Kevin Spacey, "90210's" AnnaLynne McCord & Shannen Doherty as well as "Make Me A Supermodel's" Tyson Beckford at the opening of The Chandelier Room inside the W Hoboken in the Big Apple on Thursday.
Jon Bon Jovi working up a sweat on the treadmill at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's gym in Vegas on Friday morning ahead of his sold-out show.
Kenny Chesney hanging out with Bon Jovi in the green room along with model and television host Leeann Tweeden at the Hard Rock on Friday night. Following the high energy concert, bandmates Richie Sambora and David Bryan were seen playing blackjack among a crowd of adoring female fans as they sipped on water while their song "Bad Medicine" was playing overhead.
Marisa Miller soaking up some sun and the scene at the tops-optional Bare pool lounge at The Mirage early on Friday afternoon. Later that the night the VS supermodel got her groove on at JET nightclub for The Mirage’s 20th Anniversary celebration launch event.
Cybill Shepherd, Christina Aguilera, Clementine Ford, Dita Von Teese, Paris Hilton, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, Eliza Dushku, Rose McGowan, Brittany Snow and Dania Ramirez at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's An Evening With Women in Beverly Hills on Friday night.
Masi Oka, also known as Hiro Nakamura on NBC's "Heroes," dining on the patio at Pink Taco inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday.
Johnny Knoxville and Steven Wiig celebrated partying at NYC’s Downtown restaurant Lusso following the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." Earlier that day, Knoxville was spotted playing the Nintendo DSi at the DirecTV Tribeca Film Festival Center.
"90210’s" Adam Gregory supporting good friend Sal Masakela (whose film production company Berkela Films with Jason Bergh executive produced MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s film "Street Dreams") at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday.
Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt joined by the creator of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin partying at PURE nightclub on Saturday night. The talented troop danced the night away in VIP while sipping on Grey Goose cocktails and Moet.
Britney Spears hosting an exclusive after-party for about 50 people including her opening act the Pussycat Dolls, dancers and circus acts in Phil Maloof’s Sky Villa inside Palms Place Hotel & Spa on Saturday. Paul Oakenfold DJ’ed the party while guests noshed on goodies from Simon at Palms Place and were entertained by a juggling act as well as a contortionist.
Actor Josh Henderson, of "90210" and "Desperate Housewives" fame partying at The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio in VIP with a large group of friends until 3:45 a.m on Sunday morning.