Michigan Wolverines’ head football coach Jim Harbaugh was blasted this week after his statements to a Catholic pro-life event over the weekend became public.
At the Plymouth Right to Life Benefit Dinner, the former Super Bowl coach told the audience he believed in exhibiting the “courage to let the unborn be born.” His strong remarks came weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and sent the contentious issue back to the states.
Social media immediately went wild with calls for Harbaugh’s firing and derision over his public stand. Some believe that, as a public employee, the 1st and 14th Amendments do not apply and he should be sent packing.
Jemele Hill, whose radicalism became too much even for uber-woke ESPN, admonished Harbaugh to simply not have an abortion if he is a pro-life supporter.
Harbaugh, who is fresh off a Big Ten football championship and Michigan’s first spot in the College Football Playoff, told the audience that his beliefs are driven by “my faith and my science.”
The coach said his pro-life stance came from his parents, and his Catholic values shape his interactions with his own family as well as his team. He acknowledged that everyone will not agree with his convictions, but it’s important to be clear about what a person believes and why.
Harbaugh is the former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal. The San Francisco Gate’s sports section took major issue with his political and moral stance.
The paper accused Harbaugh of “making it clear” that the fetus is simply more important than “a pregnant person” — formerly known as a “woman.”
Harbaugh is a strong supporter of the legal rights of college athletes to profit from their play, though he has not fully embraced the dispersal of $200,000 sports cars.
He is also an advocate for the legal needs of low-income communities and is a member of the Legal Services Corporation Leaders Council.
What he is not, is a hypocrite. Declaring one’s faith — or even lack of — should hardly be controversial. Whether the head football coach or custodian at a public university, constitutional rights are not suspended by taking the job. Harbaugh’s critics well know this.