Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh draws outrage over pro-life remarks

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh draws outrage over pro-life remarks

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Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh drew outrage on Tuesday when it was revealed he was a guest speaker at a Right to Life event over the weekend.

Harbaugh spoke at the Right to Life event in Plymouth, Michigan, where he explained why he was pro-life. 

“I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born,” he said via, 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 drives these beliefs in me. Quoting from Jeremiah, ‘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.’”

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Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh holds the trophy as he celebrates with his team after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on December 4, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh holds the trophy as he celebrates with his team after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on December 4, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Harbaugh reportedly told the crowd he was raised as a Catholic and that his pro-life value were instilled to him from a young age.

“In God’s plan, each unborn human truly has a future filled with potential, talent, dreams and love,” Harbaugh said. “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.”

The Wolverines’ football coach made his remarks weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Pro-life and pro-abortion stances have been polarizing topics ever since.

Michigan Football Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh, walks out of the tunnel prior to the spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan Football Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh, walks out of the tunnel prior to the spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

Harbaugh’s stance drew outrage on social media.

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Harbaugh previously mentioned his pro-life views in an interview with the National Review in 2020 ahead of the coronavirus-impacted college football season. He said at the time he saw a silver lining from the pandemic and saw it as a message from God.

“I don’t think it’s coincidence, personally, living a faith-based life,” Harbaugh said. “This is a message — this is something where, a time we grow in our faith. Having reverence and respect for God. You see people taking more a view of sanctity of life. I hope that continues — and not just in this time of crisis or pandemic.

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh prior to the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida Dec. 31, 2021.

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh prior to the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida Dec. 31, 2021. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

“We talk about sanctity of life, yet we live in a society that aborts babies. There can’t be anything more horrendous.”

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The Wolverines’ season begins Sept. 3 against Colorado at home.

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