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Published On: Fri, Jun 7th, 2013

NFL star Matt Birk skips Baltimore Ravens trip to White House, noting President Obama’s praise of Planned Parenthood

Matt Birk may not have been the only player from last year’s Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens team to skip out on their trip to the White House on Wednesday, but he was the only one who boycotted the trip because of his personal beliefs.

President Obama may have a strong reputation in sports, but Matt Birk didn't visit the White House because of the President's statements.

President Obama may have a strong reputation in sports, but Matt Birk didn’t visit the White House because of the President’s statements.

“I wasn’t there,” Birk told KFAN-FM on Thursday. “I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the presidency, but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’

“Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year. I am Catholic, I am active in the Pro-Life movement and I just felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t endorse that in any way…I’m very confused by [the President’s] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”

Supporters were quick to clarify Obama closed his speech not with the words “God bless Planned Parenthood,” but, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America.”

Birk, now retired from the NFL, is a devoted Catholic who has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage based on his religious beliefs and Planned Parenthood providing so many abortions.

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