Michele Bachmann tries to compare two incomparable things: miscarriages and abortions.
Speaking at a campaign stop in South Carolina last night, Michele Bachmann told supporters that a miscarriage helped shape her pro-life politics.
“After [my husband's and my] second child was born, we became pregnant with a third baby,” said the Republican presidential candidate. “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.”
Bachmann continued, “So we made a commitment that no matter how many children were brought into our life, we’d receive them because we’re committed to life,” she said.
Bachmann continued, “And we didn’t know at that time 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.” In other words, her conservative views — abortion is wrong — were reinforced by her personal loss.
While Bachmann deserves kudos for discussing something other women may not have discussed on the trail, she also deserves jeers for comparing a miscarriage to an abortion.
Bachmann’s confessional remark assumes two things: one, that pro-choice women don’t have miscarriages; and, two, that people who choose to have abortions do so on a whim, without the pain she felt when she lost her child.
Not all women who go through with the procedure do it simply because they don’t want to have a child. Some get abortions because they were raped. Others do so due to health complications.
In all cases, though, abortions take emotional and psychological tolls, tolls Bachmann’s comments totally overlook, as if only anti-abortion activists like her feel any pain when an unborn human has been lost in one way or another.
So, a direct note to Rep. Bachmann: next time you want to trumpet your pro-life policies, do like the rest of the anti-abortion colleagues and cite the Bible. It’s a comparably less offensive argument.