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George W. Bush’s Mother Saved Fetus In a Jar After Miscarriage

| On 10, Nov 2010

Barbara Bush (r) is pictured with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush in 2008. A family tragedy shaped their son, George W. Bush, and his views on abortion according to his new book "Decision Points."

I almost didn’t want to post this because I needed a ginger ale to settle my stomach.

George W. Bush has hit the media circuit this week promoting his new book Decision Points. In it he discusses a range of topics including his presidency, drinking, and other personal items. His opinions about abortion, from what I’ve seen in the media, provide a bit of shock value.

Regarding his pro-life stance, he says his views about human life came from when he was a teenager growing up in Texas. His mother, Barbara Bush, sadly had a miscarriage. Before heading to the hospital, though, Mrs. Bush saved the remains of the fetus in a jar. The former president then had to then drive his mother to get medical treatment.

“There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life,” former President Bush said. “I never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital,” he added.

Miscarriages are sad enough for couples, but this story totally kicked me in the gut. I guess Mrs. Bush felt she needed to save the remains until she was seen by a doctor. But, showing them to your teenager? OMG!! I would have freaked out. At that point, human remains in a jar would be the last thing on my mind.

The former president says that his now 85-year-old mother gave him permission to share the story in his book. Well, at least he respected her enough to ask.

Meanwhile, I’m searching frantically for the *barfing* emoticon on my computer. That was way too much for a Wednesday afternoon.

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