Coach Jim Harbaugh: Pandemic Should Open Our Eyes to 'Horrendous' Nature of Abortion


University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh came out swinging against abortion during a recent interview when asked for his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic.

In a podcast interview with National Review senior editor Jay Nordlinger posted Saturday, the Wolverines coach was asked about the upcoming college football season and if it will even be held.

Harbaugh told Nordlinger he hopes to see the season continue as scheduled, but the khaki-wearing coach veered away from sports to speak out about his Christian faith and against abortion.

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He said he has seen people become “more prayerful” during the nation’s current health and economic crisis, and he described abortion as “horrendous.”

“Even now, as we all go through what we’re going through with COVID-19, I see people more concerned about others and more prayerful,” Harbaugh said.

“As I said, God has virtually stopped the world from spinning,” he said. “I don’t think it’s coincidence.

“My personal feeling, living a faith-based life, this is a message or this is something that should be a time where we grow on our faith and reverence for and respect for God.

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“You see people taking more of a view of sanctity of life. And I hope that can continue. I hope that continues and not just in this time of crisis or pandemic.

“And lastly, abortion, we talk about sanctity of life, yet we live in a society that aborts babies. There can’t be anything more horrendous,” the former San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University coach concluded.

While COVID-19 has taken more than 22,000 American lives, abortion clinics have remained open across the country as they have generally been deemed “essential” during the virus outbreak.

According to Worldometers, which tracks statistics on abortion from figures provided by the World Health Organization, 40 million to 50 million abortions are performed annually worldwide, while an estimated 3,000 American babies are killed daily.

Abortions are continuing as Christians across the country are being ticketed or threatened for attending drive-up church services and others where social distancing is enforced.

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While Harbaugh did not speak specifically to that issue, the former Wolverines and NFL quarterback took a bold stance on the issue of abortion, and his enduring faith is inspiring.

Harbaugh has been open about his faith throughout his life and career.

On Jan. 7, 1996, after he led the Indianapolis Colts to an upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, Harbaugh gave all the glory to Christ.

“I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for making all this possible,” he told NBC Sports after the game.

Harbaugh threw what ended up being the a game-winning pass to receiver Floyd Turner in the second quarter of the defensive struggle.

The 9-7 Colts ended up defeating the 13-3 Chiefs 10-7 and almost upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game.

As anxious college football fans wonder if the upcoming season will be delayed, at least one prominent man in the world of collegiate sports is willing to put things into proper context.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.