Upon meeting Marcus, Michele was inspired to join the pro-life movement, opposing abortion and abortion providers. The Bachmanns prayed outside of abortion clinics, and counseled those considering abortion on other options. At that time, Michele and Marcus were working with and supporting Jimmy Carter, who went on to become a Democratic president. The Bachmanns became disenchanted with Carter over his support for legalized abortion, and they went on to vote for and later work for President Ronald Reagan. Mrs. Bachman gained attention from the media in 1991, when the couple took part in a protest of the appropriation of $3 million for a new morgue at a local hospital that performed abortions. Michele Bachman at the time made statements to the Star Tribune which brought her some notoriety.
In view of her strong views regarding abortion and the sanctity of life, it isn’t surprising that Rep. Bachmann became somewhat entangled when the Chris Wallace interview took a turn in that direction. Wallace brought up the fact that earlier that week, Bachmann had called Mitt Romney to task for saying he, Romney, would not sign a pledge on abortion. Wallace quoted Bachmann: "This is not the time for the Republican Party to up a candidate who is weak on the pro-life issue or has a history of flip-flopping over it."
Wallace asked, “Question: Mitt Romney is weak on pro-life?”
Bachmann: Well, President Romney — not "President Romney..."
Wallace: Governor Romney.
Bachmann: Governor Romney had a history of varying his position on this issue. I think, clearly, we need a candidate who is pro-life. That's reflective of our party. It's reflective of my position throughout my life.
Wallace: And Mitt Romney is not?
Bachmann: Mitt Romney; Mitt Romney has to say what he is. But I will say that if he is saying now that he is pro-life, this was a tremendous opportunity for him to demonstrate that by signing the Susan B. Anthony pledge. And I think it's disappointing that he didn't.
Chris Wallace didn’t hold back on disclosing concerns about the Bachmann Clinic. He was debating the Bachmann claim to being a “fiscal hawk.” In Wallace’s words, “The Los Angeles Times has a story out today that says for all your talk of being a fiscal hawk, that, in fact, you have gone after federal and government — excuse me, state government money over the years, both personally and professionally…A counseling clinic — excuse me, run by your husband got almost $30,000 in state federal funds. A farm, in which you are a partner, got almost $260,000 in federal subsidies. And over the years, you sought more than $60 million in the state earmarks and more than $3.7 million in federal earmarks. Question: that's a fiscal hawk?”