Jim Harbaugh is the coach of the Michigan Wolverines, the football team for the University of Michigan.
Given his role within a university, it might be expected for him to be woke, or at least willing to go along with the “current thing” and toe the leftist line when speaking in public.
Such is what might be expected, but it’s not what he’s done over the past few days when commenting on the hot-button topic of abortion; rather, he’s doubled down on his pro-life rhetoric despite the leftist backlash.
The spat began when he spoke on July 17th at the Plymouth Right to Life dinner and auction and said that his Catholic faith informs his stance on abortion and that there needs to be the courage to let the unborn be born. In his words:
“I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born. 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.”
Commenting on that same topic of courage and letting the unborn be born even when the consequences of doing so might, at first, seem painful, saying:
“Ultimately, I don’t believe that is the case with abortion. 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.”
Well, those comments predictably infuriated the left, which would presumably have the “freedom” to kill a baby than to prevent babies from being killed.
But, when pressed on the issue by ESPN during an interview, Harbaugh didn’t back down from his stance on abortion, but instead emphasized what he sees as the truth about the topic and how he has offered to help out those who find themselves in a tricky pregnancy situation. In his words:
“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.”
He reemphasized that same point later on, after discussing the need to have conversations about the issue and be respectful, saying:
“Any player on our team, any female staff member or any staff member or anybody in our family or our extended family … that doesn’t feel like after they have a baby they can take care of it, we got a big house. We’ll raise that baby.”
Good for Harbaugh; not only did he not back down on the issue when pressed by the left, but he also offered to help out those who need it, showing he’s not callous in his beliefs.
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