Jim Harbaugh, the acclaimed head coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines, the recent national champions, joined the annual ‘March for Life’ rally in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
The March for Life is a yearly march and rally that takes place in Washington, D.C. It is a protest against the legality and practice of abortion. The march is held on or around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Since the legalization of abortion in 1973 with Roe v. Wade, there have been significant fluctuations in abortion rates and numbers in the United States.
Harbaugh, known for his football prowess, praised the attendees for their commitment to the pro-life cause on Friday.
“Thank you all for being here. It’s a great example that you’re setting. It’s testimony for the sanctity of life. It’s a great day for a march. It’s a great day. This is football weather. Let’s go,” Harbaugh said with vigor.
The coach’s presence served as a prelude to his introduction of pro-life former NFL player Benjamin Watson, whom he praised as a “talented individual on the field, courageous, fearless leader off the field.”
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Here’s another video of Harbaugh:
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh marching for life in Washington, DC after winning the college football national championship. pic.twitter.com/7PjGylwVTf
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This isn’t the first time Harbaugh has publicly expressed his pro-life stance. In 2022, he and his wife Sarah spoke at the ‘Plymouth Right to Life’ event, where he shared how his pro-life beliefs were rooted in his upbringing. Harbaugh is a devout Catholic and often intertwines his faith with his perspectives on life and death.
During the event, Harbaugh quoted from the Bible, reinforcing his belief in the sanctity of life: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” He emphasized the importance of respecting life from conception to natural death.
In an interview with ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski, Harbaugh elaborated on his priorities and views on the abortion debate.
He said, “Faith, family, football … those are my priorities. The abortion issue is one that’s so big that it needs to be talked about. It needs serious conversation. What do you think? What do I think? What do others think?”
“It’s a life-or-death type of issue. And I believe in, and I respect, people’s views. But let’s hear them. 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,” he added.