Hey, did you know hypocrites are in the sixth circle of hell, according to Dante? If you do believe that hypocrites are punished in the afterlife, then Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais might be a tad worried by now. Because while the former doctor won his congressional seat on a pro-life Tea Party platform, he also once tried to pressure his mistress into an abortion. Soooo ... let's recap here. The married DesJarlais had a mistress. Aaaaand the woman was reportedly his patient when he was a doctor. (That's a no no.) Aaaaand he's a pro-lifer who wanted the woman to abort the pregnancy. Gee, nothing like a politician making laws for the rest of us to follow who doesn't want to follow them himself.

It was back in 2000 that DesJarlais was involved in what sounds like the marriage from hell. He was reportedly a serial cheater, and when one of his patients (!!) got pregnant, transcripts of a recorded phone reportedly prove that he urged her to have an abortion.

According to The Huffington Post, which heard the call, DesJarlais tells the woman: "You told me you'd have an abortion, and now we're getting too far along without one." When she asks if he'll accompany her to the abortion, he reportedly replies: "I said, if I could, I would, didn't I? And I will try. If I can [find] time, you're saying you still will?"

He also adds:

If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let's do it ... We’ve got to do something soon. And you’ve even got to admit that because the clock is ticking right?

Classy guy. Sensitive. Compare this to what he says on his website: "All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life."

DesJarlais doesn't deny the conversation took place (in fact, bizarrely, he seems to have been the one who recorded it!). But he dismisses it as "old news."

His rep said:

Since the congressman's opponents cannot attack him on his independent, conservative and pro-life record in Congress they have once again resorted to pure character assassination.

Note the splitting hairs: "Pro-life record in Congress." But apparently not in that thing called real life.

Do you think DesJarlais is hypocritical in his pro-life stance?

 

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