Model Kathy Ireland: De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 31, 2011   |   12:49PM   |   Washington, DC

Add supermodel Kathy Ireland to the list of people wanting Congress to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business by cutting the millions of dollars it receives to promote its agenda.

“I think Planned Parenthood needs to reassess and look at what their values are, what their mission is, what their goals are, and do they deserve government funding? For example, there are non-profits that I’m involved with, and we don’t get government funding,” Ireland told FOX411’s Pop Tarts program. “We go out there, and if you really believe in this strongly enough to fight it for it, go get the funding.

“To force people who don’t agree with some of the practices, I don’t believe in that. I don’t think tax payers need to fund something as controversial as [Planned Parenthood],’ she added.

Ireland is not new to holding steadfast pro-life views when it comes to abortion, but she fold the Fox program it has cost her friends in the entertainment industry.

“I’ve never set out to win a popularity contest. I came from [being previously pro-choice], but when I was confronted with the science – and I spoke to top scientists throughout our country asking, ‘Would you please just show me some shred of evidence that the unborn is not a human being?’ and no one has been able to show me any, and I will continue to fight for those human rights until someone can show me otherwise,” she continued. “So a lot of people get mad at me, but that’s okay. I listen to criticism because sometimes there are things to learn, even if it’s wrapped in a nasty package.”

Ireland is also confronting the battles over life and death on the end of life spectrum, as she told the YWCA Greater Los Angeles in a speech recently as the organization honored her with the 2011 Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award at its “Saluting Women Who Are Instruments of Change” ceremony.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be here today, my dad got ill last week and yesterday was on life support,” she explained. “But I believe God answers prayers, whatever his decision is, and my dad got off life support and started making prank phone calls!”

Previously, Ireland has said she agrees that the rights of women and unborn children can go hand in hand.

“I’m liberal about the rights of the unborn child,” Ireland explained. “I’m [also] a person who always has and always will fight for the rights of women.”

Ireland says that once she realized the humanity of the unborn, she could no longer take a pro-abortion position.

“From the moment of conception, a new life comes into being with a complete genetic blueprint. The sex is determined. The blood type is determined. It doesn’t start out as one species and suddenly become a human being.”

Ireland, who gained attention as the first “supermodel,” went on to acting and fitness videos and now heads her own company Kathy Ireland Worldwide.