Former Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk was not with the team when the Super Bowl champions visited the White House last week. And he told Sean Hannity last night that it was one specific comment by President Obama that triggered his bold decision to boycott the event.


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Birk explained that in remarks on April 26 celebrating Planned Parenthood, he noticed that President Obama said "God bless you" at the end of his address to the organization. It was the first time a president had given an address to Planned Parenthood. Birk called it a "contradiction" to acknowledge God while voicing support to Planned Parenthood.


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"Three-hundred thirty thousand lives ended last year at Planned Parenthood and being pro-choice is one thing, but bringing God into it? That's just too much for me to handle and I just didn't see much upside in going," said Birk, noting that his former teammates were supportive of his decision.


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Birk said he was not looking to make a big deal out of his decision not to attend, but was not going to lie when reporters started asking about it. Overall, he believes America needs to reevaluate its position on abortion and he wants to see the issue brought back to the forefront of public debate

"I don't know if this is true, but they say you can't smash sea turtles' eggs. Those are federally protected, but yet we can end human lives," said Birk, who retired from the NFL a few weeks after the team's Super Bowl victory.


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