University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh is putting his money where his mouth is in the fight against abortion, offering to adopt any unwanted child from his players or staff members.
During an interview with ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski this week, the unapologetically pro-life coach stood firm in defending the lives of the unborn, railing against abortion and pushing for adoption instead.
“I’ve told [them] the same thing I tell my kids, boys, the girls, same thing I tell our players, our staff members,” Harbaugh said. “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 football coach also spoke out during a pro-life fundraising event in Michigan on July 17, saying that he and his wife Sarah would fight for unborn children.
“I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born,” Harbaugh said, according to reporting from 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 drive these beliefs in me.”
During the event, the pro-life coach quoted Jeremiah 1:5, stating: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Harbaugh went on to acknowledge that the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade had caused significant tensions between Americans.
“Passions can make the process messy, but when combined with respect, it ultimately produces the best outcomes,” said the coach, who is a devout 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 the 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.”
“Yes, there are conflicts between the legitimate rights of the mother and the rights of the unborn child. One resolution might involve incredible hardship for the mother, family and society. Another results in the death of an unborn person,” Harbaugh concluded.
During his interview with ESPN, the coach was asked about pro-life comments that he made earlier this month. He responded by noting that “faith, family, football” are his priorities, but abortion is something that is so important to talk about because it is a “life-or-death” issue.
“Faith, family, football… those are my priorities. I just think that… the abortion issue is one that’s so big that it needs to be talked about,” Harbaugh explained. “It needs serious conversation. What do you think? What do I think? What do others think?”
“It’s a life-or-death type of issue,” he stressed. “And I believe in, and I respect, people’s views. But let’s hear them. Let’s discuss them because there’s passion on both sides of this issue. So when you combine that with respect, that’s when the best results come… [I’m] just contributing to that conversation and that communication, which I think is really important, in my opinion.”