Kathy Ireland, Super Model
The Huffington Post reports that prominent model and businesswoman Kathy Ireland defended gay marriage in a Twitter discussion with a conservative blogger. I was delighted to learn from the story that she is pro-life; which makes me wonder why the HuffPo story seems to consider it amazing that she would stand firm in sustaining her pro-gay-marriage view against a blogger. (The story says she “is not bending to any pressure to join the fight against same-sex marriage” and “stood her ground” in the debate.) Listen, HuffPo: If this woman is courageous enough to stand up in the middle of Hollywood — probably second only to New York City as the world capital of pro-abortion-rights sentiment — and proclaim that she believes in defending the rights of unborn human persons, how likely is it that she would be intimidated by some guy with a Twitter account?
I learn from Wikipedia that she is an adult convert to the pro-life cause. She described in a 2002 interview how she came to change her mind:
LISA RYAN: You also have taken a strong, politically incorrect stand for pro-life. Why have you done that?
KATHY IRELAND: It wasn’t something I wanted to do. Even though I became a Christian at age 18, I was pro-choice. As a woman who always has and will fight for women’s rights, it made sense to me. I got out all the medical books off the shelf—my husband’s an ER doctor, so from his medical school days, we have an abundance of these books. There’s so much emotion that gets attached to this issue, and I wanted to just have the scientific facts to get my answers. I realized that I needed to know what it is. We have to know what it is before we can decide if it’s all right to kill it. From the moment of conception, a new life comes into being. At the moment of conception, this new life has a complete genetic blueprint, which contains the fingerprint, the blood type and the sex. There are a lot of good arguments for birth control, but as far as terminating a life that has already come into existence, I haven’t found any.
Props to Kathy Ireland; we need more people like her — people who think for themselves.