IDIOT OF THE YEAR: The countdown begins as we look back ruefully on 2022

IDIOT OF THE YEAR: The countdown begins as we look back ruefully on 2022

42. Jim Harbaugh

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Following the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Jim Harbaugh became one of the few coaches to speak up on abortion. Except he’s a pro-life wacko with an insane “solution” for unplanned pregnancies.

In an interview with ESPN explaining his outspoken stance, Harbaugh revealed that his solution was to personally adopt every baby:

“I’ve told [pregnant women] the same thing I tell my kids, boys, the girls, same thing I tell our players, our staff members. I encourage them if they have a pregnancy that wasn’t planned, to go through with it, go through with it. 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.”

Doesn’t really seem like it’ll work on a national scale, but nothing about Harbaugh’s philosophy seems coherent.

When Harbaugh starts flapping his gums about complex social issues, he’s out of his depth and the cringe bursts through his pores. His thoughts on abortion were no exception.

On its face, Harbaugh’s offer to adopt his player’s children is an empty gesture to alleviate the backlash to his remarks. But there are obvious logical flaws in this one-dimensional solution to the abortion debate. Harbaugh can’t possibly think that the only women seeking abortions are dating Michigan football players or otherwise know him personally, right?

The U.S. foster care system is overburdened, but thank goodness we have Harbaugh here to the rescue. Realistically, Harbaugh is all talk. He’s not even adopting children that are already matriculating through the foster care system.

On a human level, Harbaugh and his pro-life ilk ignore the risk to mothers or the psychological effect carrying a rapist’s child can have on women. Or the women who seek abortions for medical reasons. There’s been no word on whether Jim’s wife has OK’d this strategy, but I suspect he didn’t consult his wife before making this proclamation. On the other hand, he probably has no regard for her opinion either.

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Anthony Barnett
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