Rep. Michele Bachmann said she had a “devastating” miscarriage more than 20 years ago and that the event helped define her opposition to abortion.

The Minnesota congresswoman was campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination in Rock Hill, S.C., where she told a town hall-style meeting of the miscarriage. The meeting was first reported by CNN and Politico.

“After our second child was born, we became pregnant with a third baby,” Bachmann said at Winthrop University on Wednesday night. “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. And it was devastating for both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child.”

Bachmann has given birth to five children and she and husband have taken in 23 foster children as well. She said the miscarriage led them to reconsider their goals.

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