Published On: Tue, Jan 26th, 2016

Matt Birk at March of Life, mothers recovering from abortion are heroes, ‘We love them’

Of the speakers at the 2016 March for Life, Matt Birk, the former center for the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, was there and proclaimed his support for women and unborn children, saying “I’m a football player,” he said. “I’ll keep it simple.”

“We march, because I’ve never heard a woman give birth to a baby and say, ‘I wish I had an abortion.’ That is why we march,” he said as the reason his family attended the 43rd annual right-to-life event in a brief, straightforward, heartfelt speech.

“I’ve never heard of a worker at a life clinic who decided to go work at an abortion clinic. That is why we march,” he said.

photo courtesy March For Life Chicago

photo courtesy March For Life Chicago

Two of the women who shared the platform with him – speaker Jewels Green and Catherine Adair of Silent No More – formerly worked at abortion facilities, but they now hold signs proclaiming, “I Regret Providing Abortions.”

Until Live Action and the Center for Medical Progress began releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, most public knowledge about the inner workings of the abortion industry came from former industry workers like the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Many them said they only fled the workplace after being deeply scarred by what they had witnessed.

Birk, who earned a degree in economics from Harvard, called grieving mothers recovering from an aborton “the real heroes” of the pro-life movement. “We love them, and we appreciate them,” he said.

He also struck upon contemporary controversies, saying, “If black lives matter, lives in the womb matter.”

Birk has never been one to avoid controversy, declining to meet President Obama in 2013 after the Ravens won the Super Bowl, citing Obama’s support of abortion.

“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,’” he explained. “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,” Birk said. “I couldn’t endorse that in any way.”

Since retiring from the gridiron, the 39-year-old has served as the director of football development for the NFL.

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