Hats Off to Harbaugh

The famed Michigan coach isn't afraid to speak of his beliefs in front of cameras


Life Issues

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh recently spoke at a local pro-life fundraising event, and afterward he was criticized in the usual quarters. But instead of retreating from the subject of abortion, he decided to elaborate on his stance in an interview with ESPN. In the interview he says he tells his players and staff the same thing that he’s told his own children: “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.” And again, “We’ve got a big house. We’ll raise that baby.”

Imagine if other successful leaders voiced the same level of responsibility and care for the people around them! And it’s worth noting again that Harbaugh isn’t afraid to speak of his beliefs in front of cameras; he’s not afraid of being “canceled.”

In his earlier talk at the pro-life event, Harbaugh had said, “In God’s plan, each unborn human truly has a future filled with potential, talent, dreams and love. 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.”

His wife Sarah also shared how her parents “would go to a Planned Parenthood and pray” for the mothers and children there. The family’s pro-life roots are deep.

A fuller account of Harbaugh’s interview and speech is found at Catholic News Agency (July 26): https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251880/michigan-s-jim-harbaugh-tells-team-members-he-would-help-raise-their-baby-in-event-of-unplanned-pregnancy


Barbara E. Rose is Web Editor of the NOR.

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