42. Jim Harbaugh
Following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Jim Harbaugh became one of the few coaches to speak out about abortion. Except he’s a pro-life freak with a crazy “solution” to an unwanted pregnancy.
In an interview with ESPN explaining his outspoken stance, Harbaugh revealed that his solution was to personally adopt every baby:
“I said [pregnant women] same thing I say to my children, boys, girls, the same thing I say to our players, our staff. I encourage them if they have an unplanned pregnancy, get over it, get over it. Let that unborn baby be born, and if at that time you feel like you can’t take care of him, you don’t have the means or facilities, then Sarah and I will take that baby.”
It doesn’t seem to really work on a national scale, but nothing about Harbaugh’s philosophy seems coherent.
When Harbaugh started bragging about complex social issues, he lost all his knowledge, and cringe through his pores. His thoughts on abortion were no exception.
On the surface, Harbaugh’s offer to adopt a player’s child was an empty gesture to lessen the backlash to his remarks. But there are obvious logical flaws in this one-sided solution to the abortion debate. Harbaugh couldn’t have thought that the only women seeking abortions would be dating Michigan soccer players or knowing him well, would they?
America’s foster care system is overwhelmed, but thank goodness we have Harbaugh here to the rescue. In fact, Harbaugh is all talk. He doesn’t even adopt kids who have matriculated through the foster care system.
On a human level, Harbaugh and his pro-life advocates ignore the risk to mothers or the psychological impact carrying a rapist’s child can have on women. Or women seeking abortions for medical reasons. It is not known whether Jim’s wife would agree with this strategy, but I suspect that he did not consult his wife before making this statement. On the other hand, he probably doesn’t care about her opinion either.