A member of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens refused to accompany the team to the customary White House meeting after the stunning victory over the New England Patriots because of President Obama's over-the-top support of abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Retired Ravens center Matt Birk (shown), a conservative Catholic who last year filmed a video spot in favor of traditional marriage in his native Minnesota, backed out of the June 5 team trip to the White House, telling local Minneapolis sports radio station KFAN: “I wasn't there.... 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.'”
The six-foot-four inch, 310-pound Birk, a 15-year NFL veteran with six Pro-Bowls under his belt, was referring to Obama's comments, made in late April during a speech at a Planned Parenthood fundraising gala, in which he refused to mention the word “abortion” while offering a glowing endorsement of the organization which is responsible for a good share of the 50 million abortions that have been performed in the United States since 1973.
“Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time,” Obama told his Planned Parenthood audience. “Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic.” And — without speaking the abhorrent “A” word — the president noted that “somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.” By which he meant that Planned Parenthood has been only too willing to kill the pre-born babies of countless women who decided that, for whatever reason, a baby would be an unnecessary inconvenience.
Obama concluded his politically motivated speech with the words, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America” — words that another Minnesotan, prominent evangelical pastor and author John Piper, termed “blasphemous.”
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