University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is putting his money where his mouth is. Fresh from condemning abortion and urging people to be pro-life, the successfully coach urged his players to rejected abortion, saying he and his wife would raise any child who students saved from abortion but couldn’t raise.
In a new interview, Harbaugh responded to criticism from abortion activists after he spoke out for life.
“Let’s discuss it,” Harbaugh expanded on his pro-life views to ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski.
“I’ve told [them] the same thing I tell my kids, boys, the girls, same thing I tell our players, our staff members. I encourage them if they have a pregnancy that wasn’t planned, to go through with it, go through with it. Let that unborn child be born, and if at that time, you don’t feel like you can care for it, you don’t have the means or the wherewithal, then Sarah and I will take that baby.”
The Michigan coach said at a pro-life event recently that every baby has value.
“In God’s plan, each unborn human truly has a future filled with potential, talent, dreams and love,” Harbaugh said. “I have living proof in my family, my children, and the many thousands that I’ve coached that the unborn are amazing gifts from God to make this world a better place. To me, the right choice is to have the courage to let the unborn be born.”
“I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born,” Harbaugh said, according to the Detroit Catholic. “I love life. I believe in having a loving care and respect for life and death. My faith and my science are what drives these beliefs in me.”
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Harbaugh, the father of seven including Jay, one of his assistant coaches at Michigan, said his views on abortion were shaped by his own parents
“Passions can make the process messy, but when combined with respect, it ultimately produces the best outcomes,” Harbaugh said according to the Detroit Catholic. “This process has been passionate and messy, but I have faith in the American people to ultimately develop the right policies and laws for all lives involved. I recognize one’s personal thinking regarding morality of a particular action may differ from their thinking on whether government should make that action illegal. There are many things one may hold to be immoral, but the government appropriately allows because of some greater good or personal or constitutional right.”
This isn’t the first time the coach has spoken out publicly against abortion.
Harbaugh discussed his thoughts on abortion in a podcast hosted by National Review senior editor Jay Nordlinger in 2020. He continued: “And lastly, abortion, we talk about sanctity of life, yet we live in a society that aborts babies. There can’t be anything more horrendous.”