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Bachmann in Rock Hill: Miscarriage shaped family priorities

Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann says a miscarriage inspired her to become a foster parent to 23 children. / FILE

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann says a miscarriage inspired her to become a foster parent to 23 children.

The Minnesota Republican told a crowd in South Carolina on Wednesday that the experience changed her and refocused her family's priorities. She says the miscarriage was "devastating" and came when she and her husband Marcus already had two children.

Bachmann, who describes herself as "100 percent pro-life," now has five children of her own. She says the miscarriage led to the belief 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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Bachmann's comments were first reported by CNN.

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