Former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk will headline the 2016 March for Life.
The annual event, which is routinely ignored by most media outlets, takes place in Washington, where a half a million people are expected this year to “to memorialize the 57 million unborn babies who have been victimized since Roe v. Wade was handed down in January 1973,” Life News reported.
The March for Life is held on the anniversary of that fateful decision — January 22.
Birk’s participation in the upcoming event is noteworthy in that he made a personal decision not to attend the traditional White House ceremony to congratulate his team for winning Super Bowl XLVII because of President Obama’s support for Planned Parenthood.
In particular, the pro-life player took offense to the president asking God to bless the leading abortion provider in the United States.
“I wasn’t there,” he said at the time, according to Life News. “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.’”
“Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions a year,” Birk added. “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 was “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,” he said.
Birk said in a recent interview that 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,” he said. “Let’s not do that.”
And the Super Bowl-winning former player is only too happy to use that status to draw attention to the issue.
“I don’t think I’m a superstar by any means, but I’m glad (for) the platform that football allows me,” Birk said. “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.”
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