Bachmann reveals 'devastating' miscarriage
June 29th, 2011
09:23 PM ET
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Bachmann reveals 'devastating' miscarriage

Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed to a town hall audience Wednesday that she once suffered a “devastating” miscarriage.

Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, told the story in the course of answering a question about her position on abortion.

“After our second was born, we became pregnant with a third baby,” she said, referring to her husband, Marcus. “It was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. The child was coming along and we ended up losing our child. And it was devastating to both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child.”

She told the rapt audience of 400 South Carolina voters that the experience changed her and eventually led her to raise 23 foster children along their five biological children.

“At that moment, we didn’t think of ourselves as overly career-minded or overly materialistic but when we lost that child, it changed us, and it changed us forever,” she said. “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.”

On the matter of abortion, Bachmann said she is “100 percent pro-life from conception until natural death.”

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Mike D

    And from this moment on she will have no right to complain about the media digging into her private life.

    June 30, 2011 04:15 am at 4:15 am |

    Ok, so I understand that a miscarriage stinks, but to use it politically? Really?! Trying to get sympathy votes because you had a miscarriage in the past? That is disgusting, it sickens me to think that someone would try to exploit a tragedy like that, even if it was their own.

    June 30, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  3. MarineVet

    OK, so that's 12 sympathy votes from people who can't see through her inability to tell the truth and her living off taxpayer subsidies for her corporate farm. Can't wait to see what's next.

    June 30, 2011 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Taking a pause from politics for a moment, I am impressed with the decisions she has made in regard to her family and wish her much happiness in that area. She is also courageous to talk about it with reporters present.

    June 30, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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