Former NFL participant and Minnesota lieutenant governor candidate Matt Birk (R) is dealing with scrutiny after saying girls have abortions in pursuit of their careers.

Talking on the Nationwide Proper to Life Conference in Georgia final month, Birk stated that American tradition “stealthily promotes” abortions by “telling girls they need to look a sure means” and saying that they need to have careers as a substitute of kids. 

Birk, who spent 14 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, made headlines in 2013 for refusing an invite to the White Home in celebration of the Ravens’ Tremendous Bowl win resulting from his stance on abortion. Birk gave his remarks on the identical day the Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark resolution that established the constitutional proper to abortion.

A video of the previous NFL participant’s remarks was posted on social media by the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Get together on Tuesday.

“Our tradition loudly but in addition stealthily promotes abortion. You’re telling girls they need to look a sure means, they need to have careers, all this stuff,” Birk stated on the convention. 

Birk additionally talked about in his speech that abortion rights advocates “at all times wish to go to the rape card” to achieve assist for his or her concern. He stated whereas rape just isn’t OK, “the 2 wrongs aren’t going to make a proper.”

The previous NFL participant went as far as to match abortion to slavery. In his speech, Birk claimed abortion rights activists view an unborn youngster as property, very similar to slave homeowners considered slaves, and that legality doesn’t equal legitimacy.

“They are saying, ‘Properly, it’s authorized.’ Plenty of issues have been authorized earlier than that we’ve modified. I’m certain you’ve heard — I do know I’m speaking to a bunch of pro-life warriors right here — you understand slavery was once authorized, proper?”

The previous NFL player-turned-politician is now a operating mate for candidate Scott Jensen (R) in Minnesota’s gubernatorial election.  

Birk’s opponent, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan (D), reacted to his remarks at a press convention on Tuesday and stated Birk is an individual “who doesn’t belief or respect girls,” the Minnesota Star Tribune reported. 

“A lady’s option to have a profession, very similar to her resolution on when and whether or not to have a toddler, is none of Matt Birk’s enterprise,” Flanagan stated. 

In a tweet, Birk clarified his remarks on abortion, saying that he was making an attempt to advertise the concept girls can embrace being moms and having careers, accusing Flanagan of “political shenanigans.”

“However once you once you purposely misread feedback I make and make it political — I don’t know, Peggy. Birk stated. “Peggy Flanagan, these are shenanigans, and I don’t assume the individuals in Minnesota are gonna purchase it.” 

The Hill has reached out to each Birk’s and Jensen’s places of work for a remark.

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