Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at an anti-abortion event

Jim Harbaugh, head football coach at the University of Michigan, made his pro-life views known at a fundraiser this week, becoming one of the first prominent sports figures to speak out against abortion since Roe v. USA. Wade was flipped.

“I believe that I have the courage to let the unborn be born,” Harbaugh said at the event. according to the Detroit Catholic, news service of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. “I love life. I believe in loving care and respect for life and death. My faith and my science is what drives these beliefs in me.”

Harbaugh and his wife Sarah performed at the Plymouth Right to Life event in Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday. according to the website of the organization. A priest from the archdiocese gave the keynote speech titled “We were made to be courageous” before Harbaugh was given what the group called “a testimony in defense of life.”

Harbaugh, who is a Catholic and cited a Bible verse during his speech, said he believes the American public will develop proper abortion policies and laws.

“Yes, there are conflicts between the legal rights of the mother and the rights of the unborn child,” he said. “One resolution can create incredible hardships for the mother, family and society. The other leads to the death of the unborn.”

Since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion last month, several high-profile athletes, including soccer star Megan Rapino, criticized the ruling. Prior to Harbaugh’s speech this week, few sports figures had publicly spoken out against abortion.

Harbaugh’s opinion contradicts what University of Michigan interim president Mary Sue Coleman said after The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The day of this ruling she said“I strongly support access to abortion services and will do everything in my power as President to ensure that we continue to provide this critical care.”

Abortion is currently legal in Michigan but is being challenged in court by a judge. blocking enforcement of the 1931 law which prohibits most abortions from taking effect. Gov Gretchen Whitmer Democrat filed a lawsuit to lift the ban.

Harbaugh declined to be interviewed through a spokesman for the University of Michigan football team. Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the university, said: “Jim Harbaugh attended the event and shared his personal views as every citizen has a constitutional right to do so. He shared his personal beliefs and did not speak for the university.”

As news of Harbaugh’s remarks spread, journalists and Michigan alumni discussed them online, sometimes with fervour.

Jemele Hill, a Detroit-based former ESPN writer for The Atlantic, criticized the views presented by Harbaugh. “It can be a difficult concept for Jim Harbaugh” or “any person who opposes choice.” she tweeted“But if you don’t want to have an abortion, just don’t have it. It’s not that difficult.”

Clay Travis, founder of sports and culture website Outkick, said it was inconsistent for journalists to complain after Harbaugh made his point.

“The same sports media that always says, ‘Hey, we want everyone to share their political beliefs – speak up all you want,’ are going to rip Jim Harbaugh to shreds because he has a different opinion about abortion than they do.” . , “Travis This is stated in a video posted on Twitter..

Harbaugh coached at Michigan for seven seasons after he changed the football program at Stanford and led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. He was an NFL quarterback for 14 years before moving into the coaching ranks and was not shy about speaking his mind.

After George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, Harbaugh marched. rally against police brutality took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He previously coached Colin Kaepernick, a 49ers quarterback who became the center of a firestorm when he stop playing the national anthem in protest against what Kaepernick called “a country that oppresses blacks and people of color”. Harbo said then that he supported Kaepernick’s motivation but objected to his method of action.

According to a Detroit Catholic, a priest at an anti-abortion event in Plymouth, Rev. John Ricciardo said he hoped there were people in the audience who supported abortion rights but came because of Harbaugh’s presence.

“I want you to know that you are very welcome here,” the priest said. who graduated from Michigan. “We’re so glad you came and just want to ask God to help us see the reality.”