I was in Washington, DC, yesterday and attended a private function at which Minnesota Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann spoke on the record about her pro-life convictions.

Bachmann began by recounting her launch into the pro-life movement, which began when she was a junior in high school.

“I was standing by my locker, and kids came by and told me abortion had just been legalized,” Bachmann recalled. “I didn’t even know what it was; I didn’t understand the concept. Someone had to explain it to me. That’s how naive I was.”

Bachmann credited a Catholic friend with explaining the importance of upholding the sanctity of life. “When she laid out that we are made in the image and likeness of a Holy God, that turned a key in me,” said Bachmann. “I knew she was right.”

Bachmann became actively involved in the pro-life movement in college after she and her boyfriend (now husband) viewed Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live film series. “I learned that how we come down on the issue of Life will have a direct impact on how we come down on other issues,” said Bachmann.

The two began praying outside of abortion clinics, and “God broke our hearts,” she reflected

After the Bachmanns married they began helping mothers in crisis find help. “I’ve held their hands through many deliveries,” said Bachmann.

The Bachmanns were further convicted on the sanctity of human life when she miscarried their third baby. “It was devastating, a profound loss,” Bachmann reflected. “I went to bed for three days and couldn’t speak.”

Their hearts broken, the Bachmanns prayed together and told the Lord they would receive however many children He chose to give them. They had three more biological children but then couldn’t have any more.

“That’s when Lord broke our hearts for foster children,” Bachmann said. “We didn’t think we could do it but God stretched us. Over the course of time we had 23 great kids, a marvelous experience. It isn’t that we were wonderful people, we just understood He has a heart for all human beings.”

Bachmann sees her move into the political arena as an opportunity to expand her ability to help children. “Now as  a public servant I can stand in the gap for the unborn,” she explained.

Bachmann says running for president of the United States isn’t just a political move for her. It’s an effort to help restore our foundational principles. “Think how profound the Declaration is,” Bachmann said, “The signers of our originating organic document risked their lives to do so, that’s how strongly they believed in the unalienable right to Life, endowed by our Creator,” said Bachmann, her voice now almost to a whisper. “This document states the government cannot take that right away.”

Bachmann says it is her honor to serve as co-chair of House adoption caucus. “As you know, there are more open hearts and homes in the U.S. than there are children,” said Bachmann.

Bachmann closed with thoughts on Obamacare.

“Repealing Obamacare is not a pollyanna dream,” said Bachmann. “It is real. It will happen. 2012 is it, our only window of opportunity. There is no waiting for 2016. Because it will have been metastasized into our states by then. If we fail to elect someone who is committed to the full scale repeal of Obama, it will be with us. Will we field a presidential candidate as committed as the Left to undo taxpayer funded abortion?”

Bachmann recounted an inside story of the day Obamacare passed. “It was a Sunday, imagine that. Pelosi forced a vote to usher in taxpayer funded abortion on a Sunday.”

Bachmann recounted that her side decided if they were forced to stay for this vote, they could hold a church service.

They asked Father Frank Pavone to give the homily.

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