Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann says suffering a miscarriage helped to shape her pro-life viewpoint.
The Minnesota representative revealed to a crowd in South Carolina Wednesday that after her second child was born she became pregnant.
"After our second was born, we became pregnant with a third baby," she said. "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."
Bachmann said the experience led her and husband Marcus to re-evaluate their priorities.
"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."
That commitment led the Minnesota congresswoman and her husband to help raise 23 foster children, along with their five biological children.
Bachmann previously had discussed her miscarriage. In an impassioned speech against abortion on the floor of the U.S. House in 2008, she said, "We didn't know if we could go on anymore" after the loss.
In an interview with The Associated Press this spring, Bachmann said she had seen many members of her church with foster children and decided to join them.
"Both my husband and I looked at each other because we had broken hearts for at-risk kids and we thought that maybe we could do something like that now that I was home fulltime," she said. "It was our belief that a foster child needed a parent who could be home fulltime."