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How Michele Bachmann’s miscarriage shaped her pro-life views

Michele and Marcus Bachmann

Michele and Marcus Bachmann

From Life News.

Excerpt:

Campaigning in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said a “devastating” miscarriage helped shape her pro-life views on abortion. The compelling personal story ties in to her rationale for becoming a foster care mom.

While on the campaign trail in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the Minnesota congresswoman revealed she had a miscarriage decades ago and that the event led her to solidify her pro-life views and prompted her and her husband to become a foster home to 23 children over the years.

“After our second child was born, we became pregnant with a third baby,” Bachmann said, according to a Politico report. “And it was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. And the child was coming along, and we ended up losing that child. And it was devastating for both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child.”

She said the miscarriage also prompted Bachmann and her husband Marcus to re-evaluate their personal and professional life goals.

“At that moment we didn’t think of ourselves as overly career minded or overly materialistic,” she said, according to Politico. “When we lost that child, it changed us. And it changed us forever.”

“We made a commitment that no matter how many children were brought into our life, we would receive them because we are committed to life,” she added.

Reporters at the event say Bachmann shared it about halfway through her town hall at Winthrop University on Wednesday night. The miscarriage story is not one that Bachmann has shared much and Peter Hamby from CNN reports that “Even some of Bachmann’s staffers were caught by surprise when she talked about the miscarriage and had not heard [the] story before.”

You can see pictures and videos of the event at Right Wing News, courtesy of John Hawkins. I really appreciate that John has been broadly supportive of Michele, because he is a major figure in the conservative blogosphere.

You can also find out more about Michele Bachmann from interviews, campaign speeches and speeches in the legislature.

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7 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    This is very moving. It’s good that she mentions this, not only for highlighting the pro-life cause, but for women in the 20% of pregnancies that miscarry and who often suffer grief and unmerited guilt in silence.

  2. Foxfier says:

    My biggest fear.

    Miscarriages run in my family.

    Part of why I wish more people grew up dealing with animals, too– if cows eat pine needles during their second trimester, they miscarry. Perfect, tiny, naked calves. *shudder*
    (Our science teacher kept one in a big pickle jar– thankfully, cows don’t generally chew on pine trees unless they’re really hard up for food, and my parents did shelter us as best possible when we were little.)

  3. Doug Groothuis says:

    Why is there a post about “hot photos” of Michele on your page?

    • To trick the search engines and generate traffic, of course. You’ll notice that all the posts talk about hot policies, hot interviews and hot legislative initiatives. Hot is a relative term.

      OH and if you mean the hot photos from the beach, the post contains photos of the books that Michele reads on the beach, according to the Wall Street Journal. I think that photos of books are hot.

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