Jim Harbaugh is putting actions behind his words. The Michigan football coach said he told players and staff members that if they find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy, he and his wife “will take that baby,” according to ESPN.
“Let’s discuss it,” Harbaugh, a practicing Catholic, told ESPN. “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.”
Harbaugh added, “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.”
It was at a pro-life event he and his wife attended where Harbaugh stated his “faith and my science are what drive these beliefs.”
When pressed about his comments, Harbaugh said he understands this is a hot topic at the moment and welcomes a discussion on the issue.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
“It’s a life-or-death type of issue. And I believe in, and I respect, people’s views. But let’s hear them,” the coach told ESPN. “Let’s discuss them because there’s passion on both sides of this issue. So when you combine that with respect, that’s when the best results come. … [I’m] just contributing to that conversation and that communication, which I think is really important, in my opinion.”
Michigan will open the season on Sept. 3 with a noon kickoff against Colorado State on ABC.