University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t mince words this past weekend when he made his stance against abortion clear.

“I believe in having the courage to let the unborn be born,” he said during his keynote address at a “Right to Life” event in Plymouth on Sunday, according to the Detroit Catholic. “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.”

He also spoke about the campaign to codify abortion access into Michigan law. Harbaugh said, “Passions can make the process messy, but when combined with respect, it ultimately produces the best outcomes. This process has been passionate and messy, but I have faith in the American people to ultimately develop the right policies and laws for all lives involved. I recognize one’s personal thinking regarding the morality of a particular action may differ from their thinking on whether the government should make that action illegal. There are many things one may hold to be immoral, but the government appropriately allows because of some greater good or personal or constitutional right.”

The coach continued, “Ultimately, I don’t believe that is the case with abortion. Yes, there are conflicts between the legitimate rights of the mother and the rights of the unborn child. One resolution might involve incredible hardship for the mother, family, and society. Another results in the death of an unborn person.”

 

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Harbaugh’s comments come weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its ruling in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that granted nationwide legal cover for abortion. The reversal came as part of the justices’ June ruling in favor of a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

One of the other speakers at the event, Father John Riccardo, told the crowd they “were made for this moment, for these times,” adding, “There is a temptation for many of us, as we get older, to look backward and be nostalgic. We are not allowed to get nostalgic. The best is not in the past; the best is ahead. God will return, and Jesus will recreate this world He loves. There will be a new heaven and new earth.”

“Do not long for an easier time, if for no other reason than there never was one,” the priest added. “God could have created us to be alive in any moment in history, but He chose for us to be alive now, in these critical days, for us to make an impact not only in our country but especially in our state.” In November, Michiganders will likely vote on whether to codify abortion rights into state law.

The decision to overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade is one that rocked the nation. Since that decision, people around the country have protested for their beliefs, whether pro-abortion or against it. As for the future of Roe v. Wade, it’s ultimately up to voters and what they’ll decide in November.

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