Here at Baltimore Fishbowl, we’ve given a lot of attention to (former) Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s activism on behalf of gay rights and marriage equality. But there’s another Raven with strong political beliefs — so strong, in fact, that he sat out the team’s White House visit earlier this week in protest.
Matt Birk, who we last wrote about here when he starred in a pre-election commercial urging Marylanders to vote “no” on the marriage equality referendum, says that he skipped the team’s DC visit because he opposes the president’s support of Planned Parenthood. “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 told a Minnesota radio station, the Baltimore Sun reported. “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. I’m very confused by [Obama’s] statement. For God to bless a place where they’re ending 330,000 lives a year? I just chose not to attend.”
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