Michigan football coach Harbaugh tells players: Don’t have abortions, 'I will take that baby'

"My faith and my science are what drive these beliefs in me," he said

Updated: July 27, 2022 - 12:28pm

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Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, a strong Catholic, said he and wife Sarah would adopt any baby resulting from an unplanned pregnancy of one of his players or staff members, rather than them getting an abortion.

"I've told [them] the same thing I tell my kids, boys, the girls, same thing I tell our players, our staff members," Harbaugh told ESPN on Saturday. "I encourage them if they have a pregnancy that wasn't planned, to go through with it, go through with it."

He also said: "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 been more public about his social beliefs in recent years.

He voiced support for former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, who as a social justice activist knelt or sat during the singing of national anthem in the 2016 season, which became his last season in the National Football League. 

And In 2020, Harbaugh condemned the death of George Floyd.

His comments on adoption come after Harbaugh spoke at an event last week.

"I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born," he said. "I love life. I believe in ... respect for life and death. My faith and my science are what drive these beliefs in me."