The national debate around abortion has come to the college football community after Jim Harbaugh came out on the pro-life side.
The Michigan Wolverines head coach and his wife, Sarah, spoke at the Plymouth Right to Life event, which raises money for pro-life charities in the state of Michigan.
“In God’s plan, each unborn human truly has a future filled with potential, talent, dreams, and love,” Harbaugh said, via Detroit Catholic.
“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.”
Jemele Hill saw those comments and promptly went to Twitter to call him out on what he said.
“This might be a difficult concept for Jim Harbaugh or any anti-choice person to grasp … but if you don’t want an abortion, just don’t get one,” Hill tweeted. “Not that hard.”
The abortion debate kicked into high gear in recent weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the former Roe v. Wade ruling. By overturning that case, the Court ruled that individual states have the right to legislate abortion for themselves, not at the national level.
“I recognize one’s personal thinking regarding morality of a particular action may differ from their thinking on whether government should make that action illegal,” Harbaugh said.
“There are many things one may hold to be immoral, but the government appropriately allows because of some greater good or personal or constitutional right.
“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.”
Michigan went 12-2 last season, beating Ohio State for the first time in eight years, winning the Big Ten championship, and making the College Football Playoff.
However, the team lost in the Orange Bowl semifinal to eventual national champion Georgia.