Michele Bachmann's miscarriage: 23 foster children explained

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Michele Bachmann has long bolstered her family values bona fides in political campaigns with the story of how she and her husband Marcus raised 23 foster children along with their five biological kids.

Now she's explaining why they took on the challenge -- but again in the context of helping her political ambitions.

On Wednesday night in South Carolina, she told a roomful of admirers about a miscarriage she had years ago, and its impact:

"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."

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Raising five biological children, let alone 23 foster kids, is no easy thing. Neither is talking about a miscarriage. But these kinds of personal testaments are staples of the anti-abortion rights movement.

Sarah Palin gives speeches about how she considered having an abortion after learning that her baby Trig would be born with Down Syndrome, and she's happy to use Trig as a prop in photo ops.

And former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum has no qualms talking about how his wife carried a baby to term, even though doctors knew the baby had no chance of survival outside the womb. She and his wife took the dead infant to her parents' home and introduced him to the other three small Santorum siblings, while singing songs and taking pictures.

To some folks, the retelling of these kinds of intensely personal stories for political gain might sound mawkish and tasteless. But for politicians like Bachmann, it helps separate them from anti-abortion flip-floppers like GOP front runner Mitt Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor may talk the anti-abortion talk, but Bachmann is showing she can walk the walk.

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daronlady620
daronlady620

Her foster license allowed her to have no more than three children at one time, they were all teenagers, and some were with her for no more than a copule of months. That not exactly raising them all from birth, as Bachmann has tried to present it.

Oh
Oh

What better way to lead a nutcase cult and brainwash malleable minds than take in vulnerable teenage girls?  I don't see them speaking out for her, I bet they'd have some great things to say.

Hazletine Dooley
Hazletine Dooley

This is from Wikapedia.  The foot note numbers intact.Bachmann and her husband also provided foster care for 23 other children,[21][22] all teenage girls. The Bachmanns were licensed from 1992 to 2000 to handle up to three foster children at a time; the last child arrived in 1998. The Bachmanns began by providing short-term care for girls with eating disorders who were patients in a program at the University of Minnesota. The Bachmann home was legally defined as a treatment home, with a daily reimbursement rate per child from the state. Some girls stayed a few months, others more than a year.[19]

Providing foster care to troubled teenagers is laudible, but her claim to have RAISED 23 foster children is a stretch. -- and her involvement would not have occurred without governent programs she claims to abhor.

Her pronoucements are so filled with falsehoods, that no one expects facts.   

Simmering Dickerson
Simmering Dickerson

ben says she's a brick.  they stand on the corner wailing and anointing with oil as pharisees.  blunt ugliness is the con forte.  it won't be suffered face to face forever.  kirk, that's two.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Oh ya, this is the kind of thing, that really torques off the "pro-abortion" crowd.

And the Rick Santorum thing?  If that true, that is just weird.But what would have been even more weird is; if they would took the placenta, pureed it up, bottled it, and sold it across the world in salons to be used as a hair treatment.

vitajex
vitajex

Hey, Hart, here's a piece idea for you:

Do some digging and do the math and let's see how long, TOTAL, these 23 kids were in her care.  I've read that some were with the Bachmanns for a matter of weeks.  I think this could be interesting.

Nick_L
Nick_L

Is that actually interesting to you?

Seriously?

zerofor
zerofor

It might be relevant if she got them just to say that she'd done it. You never know with this kinds of politician.

Nick_L
Nick_L

That is actually an example of why you pay attention to politics?

You statist, political types are so fucking tawdry.

Bianca
Bianca

I was going to say that the most impressive part of this piece was that OK magazine was 50 cents.. but then I saw that its actually 50 cents.. Less than People magazine. Oh those tricksters.

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