Super Bowl champion and retired NFL center Matt Birk is helping women by bravely speaking the truth.
Birk won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year and six-time Pro Bowl honoree. Birk is also a former Minnesota Viking and St. Paul, Minnesota, native so he is close to my heart. As a Super Bowl champion, Birk had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join his team at the White House. Birk declined the invitation because he disagrees with President Obama’s recent statements to Planned Parenthood:
“I love you!” an audience member shouted out on April 26 as Obama prepared to speak to the national Planned Parenthood conference.
“I love you back. Thank you,” Obama responded to roaring applause.
Obama went on to tell Planned Parenthood that they were: “providing quality healthcare to women all across America.” He said the core principle guiding Planned Parenthood was: “that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health.” He ended his speech by saying: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”
Birk went on Fox’s News Channel’s Hannity last Thursday to explain his decision:“…I think when you evoke the name of God when you’re the president and you’re the first president to address Planned Parenthood, you can’t acknowledge God and say ‘God bless Planned Parenthood.’ It’s a contradiction. 330,000 lives ended last year at Planned Parenthood … being pro-choice is one thing but bringing God into it?”
Hannity asked: “How did your teammates react to this?”
“Everybody’s great with it. The Ravens Team is a spiritually deep team and a lot of guys congratulated me. They were glad that I did what I did. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. I just declined the invitation. … I just wanted to tell the truth.”
President Obama left the word “abortion” out of his speech. He only mentioned contraception. But the truth is that Obama unconstitutionally uses federal taxpayer dollars to promote a culture of disdain for human life in two ways.
First, Obama supports fungible federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which performs in-clinic abortions. Secondly, his U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate circumvents the First Amendment and requires religious organizations to offer contraceptives, sterilization methods and abortion-generating prescriptions in their private insurance plans.