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Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk (R) accepts the Walter Payton Man of the Year award as Jarrett Payton and Brittney Payton look on at the Inaugural National Football League Honors at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4, 2012.By Leonardo Blair
Recently retired NFL player Matt Birk who played center for the 2012 Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens, rejected the opportunity to join the team on the traditional champion’s trip to the White House this week because of President Barack Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood.
One of America’s largest sexual and reproductive health care providers, Planned Parenthood’s aggressive promotion of birth control and unapologetic facilitation of abortions have long been at odds with the value system of Catholics and other Christian groups.
Birk was noticeably absent from the lineup of players who attended the White House event on Wednesday, and on Thursday, he revealed the reason for his absence to a Minnesota Sports blog. “I wasn’t there,” Birk explained on the blog. “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.'”
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