Jim Harbaugh: ‘Abortion is a thing to talk about,’ says Michigan Wolverines head coach

Harbaugh, a Catholic, and his wife Sarah spoke last week at the Plymouth Right to Life pro-life event. He talked about how his pro-life beliefs were instilled in him by his parents from a young age.

“I believe that I have the courage to let the unborn be born.” – Harbaugh said. “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. you were born, I separated you. I have made you a prophet to the nations.”
When asked about these comments in an interview with ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski Over the weekend, Harbaugh said: “Faith, family, football … those are my priorities. I just think that… the abortion issue is so big that it needs to be talked about. how do you think? What I think? What do others think?”

He added: “This is a matter of life or death. And I believe and respect people’s opinions. But let’s listen to them. Sincerely, that’s when the best results come. … [I’m] just facilitating this conversation and this communication, which I think is really important.”

Harbaugh’s comments come after huge outrage over the fateful Supreme Court ruling. overturn Row v. Wade in June, which removes nearly 50 years of federal constitutional right to abortion in the US.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court formally delivered its ruling, clearing the way for government restrictions to take effect. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights think tank, a number of states, including Idaho, Tennessee and Texas, were waiting for this official decision before enacting some of their laws restricting abortion.

More than half of US states have laws prohibiting or severely restricting the right to abortion, and some have so-called trigger laws that should have come into effect automatically if Rowe v. USA. Wade has ever been flipped. Since the court suspended Rowe, there have been litigation in several states with abortion rights advocates who have had some success in temporarily blocking bans in at least five states, including Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Utah.

The verdict sparked widespread protests and demonstrations as abortion rights activists took to the streets to express their outrage at the decision.

Harbaugh watches the spring game inside the team.

Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback and NFL coach, has been outspoken about social justice issues in recent years, demonstrating his fierce support for Colin Kaepernick and also attending a march against police brutality a week after the killing of George Floyd.

In an interview with ESPN, he said that if any of his players or staff have a child that they are not ready to take care of, he and his wife will take care of him.

“Any player on our team, any female employee or any employee, or anyone in our family or our extended family… who doesn’t feel like after they have a child they can take care of it, we have a big house… We will raise this child.”

Alexandra Meeks of CNN contributed to this report.