Here is a sports guy with the courage of his convictions. Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk has decided not to attend his team’s visit with President Obama because Birk is pro-life and Obama is famously pro-abortion.
In fact, Obama isn’t merely pro-abortion. He’s for full-on infanticide. After all, Obama was the only state senator in Illinois that voted in favor of a state bill that would allow babies to die if they were born alive after a botched abortion.
Even in the left-wing state of Illinois no other state lawmaker could go for that murderous bill. But Obama not only wanted to support it he spoke out in favor of it on the floor of the state senate.
So, player Matt Birk decided not to attend the White House visit with the rest of his teammates.
As the player explained:
“I wasn’t there,” Birk told The Power Trip. “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.'”
Birk was also one of the few NFL players that stayed true to his beliefs over gay marriage, too. Last year the player said he was a committed Catholic and stood against gay marriage.
Still, Obama’s vocal support for Planned Parenthood really stood out for Birk.
“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,” he said.
As LifeNews.com noted:
Birk grew up in St. Paul Minnesota, where Planned Parenthood did abortions for decades and then the godfather of one of Birk’s five children opened a pregnancy center across the street from the abortion facility. Adrianna, Birk’s wife, volunteered at the center, and eventually the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic closed.Birk was a featured speaker at the Maryland March for Life previously and he said his Catholic faith and being a father are two of the big reasons he is pro-life and he shared how he was overwhelmed to hold his first child.“It was unbelievable the love that I felt for her,” he said in a prior interview, “and any parent knows exactly what I’m talking about. At that point, you know it’s not a choice. Life is a gift that’s given to us. We are supposed to accept it. It’s not our choice whether we decide a baby lives or not.”Birk said participating in the March for Life is “one of the coolest things I’ve done.”“It seems like our society and media want to push pro-lifers to the side and hope that we would shut our mouths and go away quietly,” said Birk. “Let’s not do that.”
“I don’t think I’m a superstar by any means,” Birk has said, “but I’m glad (for) the platform that football allows me. I’m glad to use it to support causes that I passionately believe in and this is one of them. For me, it comes down to what’s right and what’s wrong – what’s God’s will and what’s not.”