The University of Michigan football coach spoke at a pro-life event in Michigan this week.
Here is Detroit Catholic:
Fr. John Riccardo and coach Jim Harbaugh, two well-known names in their respective professions, were the keynote speakers July 17 during the Plymouth Right to Life dinner and auction at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.
The ACTS XXIX founder and Big Ten-winning University of Michigan football coach, respectively, shared the stage to give their own pro-life witness during the sold-out event, which supported various life-affirming charities and initiatives in Metro Detroit.
“Thank you to Jim and Sarah (Harbaugh’s wife, who spoke during the evening’s question-and-answer session) for being here,” Fr. Riccardo said. “Your presence here speaks volumes about the people you are, the courage and commitment you have on this critical issue.”
“We Were Made to be Courageous” was the theme of the night, and Harbaugh spoke about the courage it takes in today’s world to state one’s convictions with a clear intent and to follow up on those convictions.
“I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born,” Harbaugh said. “I love life. I believe in having a loving care and respect for life and death. My faith and my science are what drive these beliefs in me. Quoting from Jeremiah, ‘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.’”
Harbaugh, a Catholic, spoke about how his pro-life convictions were instilled in him from a young age by his parents, adding those values inform his relationship with his own children, and well as with his players and staff at the University of Michigan.
Michigan is a purple state, so it should not surprise us that the Michigan football fans were divided over Harbaugh’s speech:
Harbaugh appears to have won over some Ohio State fans:
And at least one Penn State fan: