Pro-Life Congressman Urged Mistress to Get Abortion -- Of Course!

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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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Anna Potts

again a man and the government should stay out of our wombs


SickO... SickOfMorons

Hypocrite. And a moron. It's not character assassination if they are using your own words.

OoOJa... OoOJanisOoO

He is a hypocrite. If it wasn't for men like this far less women would kill their unborn children.

nonmember avatar Megan

Most people disagree with murder or theft, or lying or a million other things, but when they feel their back is against the wall, and they are running on fear; they easily compromise their beliefs even when they still know it's wrong. It's a human thing sadly, not a 'conservative hypocrite' thing.
I was very pro life until I got pregnant at 16, then at that point I would have aborted in a heart beat. Still didn't though, and just because you are willing to compromise in times of fear doesn't mean something is right or should be legal.
I could be starving and steal from my neighbors, but it should still not be legal, because I am taking what belongs to someone else. life is even more sacred than material possessions.

elle7777 elle7777

That doesn't surprise me. There are a lot of people who are pro-life until they find themselves in a bad situation...

nonmember avatar Guest

Hmmm... Sounds "too good to be true"...

Anyone have a legitimate source, as in, someone other than the huffington post? (as a sole source? Really?)

Everything I have found is either their allegation, (long on claims, very short on supporting proof) or people merely quoting them.

It should be noted that his democrat opponents last attack against him was:

"Foreign Chinese prostitution money is allegedly behind the groups funding Congressman Scott DesJarlais's (TN-04) Republican Majority."

That one was thoroughly busted...

It does seem that he went through a protracted and rocky divorce, and apparently his ex has made a lot of allegations... but they do not seem to be consistent with the divorce court rulings...

Who knows, could be true, but bold accusations require evidence...

Procr... Procrastamom

Nope, not surprised.  Next question...

Flori... Floridamom96

Well said, Megan. So what standard should we judge him by if not his legislative record? Also, who among us is the same as we were 12 years ago? Anyone?

Flori... Floridamom96

I understand where you're coming from, SickOfMorons, but it is in fact character assassination. This attack is not on his policies or his legislation or his record. It's an attack on his character. The truthfulness of the accusation has no bearing on the fact they are going after his character.

tnyangel tnyangel

Politicians change their views all the time to get elected. I'm sure the good Congressman is still for abortion if it will save HIS ass. 



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