IDIOT OF THE YEAR: The previous ranking

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After the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, Jim Harbaugh became one of the few coaches to speak out on the abortion issue. Except that he’s a pro-life nut with an insane “fix” for unplanned pregnancies.

In an interview with ESPN in which he explained his outspoken stance, Harbaugh revealed his solution was to personally adopt each baby:

“I have said [pregnant women] I say the same to my kids, boys, the girls, I say the same to our players, our staff. I encourage them, if they have a pregnancy that wasn’t planned, to go through with it, to go through with it. Let the unborn child be born, and if at this point you feel that you cannot take care of it, that you do not have the means or the wherewithal, then Sarah and I will take the baby.”

It doesn’t really seem like it’s going to work nationally, but nothing about Harbaugh’s philosophy seems coherent.

When Harbaugh starts thumping his gums over complex social issues, he’s overwhelmed and the tingling bursts through his pores. His thoughts on abortion were no exception.

At first glance, Harbaugh’s offer to adopt his player’s children is an empty gesture to mitigate backlash over his comments. But there are obvious logical flaws in this one-dimensional solution to the abortion debate. Harbaugh can’t possibly believe that the only women who want an abortion are dating Michigan football players or otherwise knowing him personally, right?

The US nursing system is overwhelmed, but thank God we have Harbaugh here to the rescue. Realistically, Harbaugh is all talk. He doesn’t even adopt children who are already enrolled through the foster system.

On a human level, Harbaugh and his ilk ignore the risk to mothers or the psychological effect that carrying a rapist’s child can have on women. Or the women who want an abortion for medical reasons. There is no word on whether Jim’s wife approved of this strategy, but I suspect he did not consult his wife before making this statement. Then again, he probably doesn’t care about her opinion either.