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Michele Bachmann says miscarriage inspired her anti-choice views

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What better way to emotionally manipulate potential voters than to reveal past pregnancy struggles? At a campaign stop in South Carolina, Michele Bachmann disclosed a previously unmentioned miscarriage and said that it made her even more against abortion than ever before. And surely her supremely personal experiences should inform all of your reproductive rights, right? Here's what she said:

…Part of our faith is standing for the area of life. And we are completely committed. After our second child was born, we became pregnant with a third baby, 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. At that moment we didn't think of ourselves as overly career-minded or overly materialistic. When we lost that child, it changed us. And it changed us forever.

And so we made a commitment that no matter how many children were brought into our life we would receive them, because we're committed to life. And we didn't know it at that time that we'd be foster parents and that one day we'd be parents of 28 children, but we are extremely grateful for that opportunity because you can get money wrong, but you can't get life wrong. And I am committed to life.

Sure, a miscarriage is a sad, possibly traumatic event and it's admirable that Bachmann has gone on serve as a foster parent to literally dozens of children. But if you're really going to be "committed to life," let's show a little more respect for women who are, uh alive, and the family-planning choices they want to make.