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NFL player skips White House visit Dan Leberfeld

The Baltimore Ravens were honored at the White House this week for winning the Super Bowl earlier this year.

The team’s center, Matt Birk, didn’t join them for the ceremony.

“I wasn’t there,” Birk told KFAN-FM. “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. 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.”