Anti-abortion Tenn. Rep. DeJarlais: Two Affairs, Two Abortions

This is one of those “the law should apply to everyone but me stories”, but it happens in the South so what can you expect? Those of us living in the South have come to expect this kind of behavior by the Republican elite. They stomp around in all their pious glory about their their life saving goodness while they do as they please in their personal lives.

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais exemplifies the far right wing nuts who seem to know how everyone should run their lives except themselves. Not only does does his wife have abortion but he encourages his mistress/patient to have abortion. All hail the GOP leaders of our country.

Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who opposes abortion rights, testified during divorce proceedings that he and his former wife made a mutual decision for her to have two abortions, according to divorce transcripts released Thursday.

DesJarlais, who practiced medicine before going to Congress, easily won a second term in Tennessee’s conservative 4th District despite previous revelations that he once urged a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.

On his campaign website, DesJarlais espoused an anti-abortion position, saying: “All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life.”

DesJarlais’ spokesman and campaign manager did not return messages seeking comment.

Court documents from the 2001 divorce trial were released by the state Democratic Party, which had hoped to make them public before the Nov. 6 election. They couldn’t because the 679-page transcript of testimony wasn’t complete.

According to DesJarlais’ testimony, his ex-wife Susan had her first abortion because she was taking an experimental drug that carried potential risks in pregnancy. The second came during problems in their relationship while they were living together before their marriage.

“Things were not going well between us and it was a mutual decision,” DesJarlais testified. “I don’t think that it was easy for either one of us. I think it was a very difficult and poor choice and I think that there are probably regrets both ways.”

DesJarlais’ first wife had supported earlier efforts to release the court records, though her attorney said Thursday he hadn’t had time to review them enough to comment.

DesJarlais in the court proceedings acknowledged having sex with at least two patients and he said he prescribed painkillers for at least one of them.

“Yes, she is a patient and I wrote her prescriptions,” DesJarlais said.

He urged one of those patients to get an abortion during a phone conversation that he recorded. The congressman denied during the campaign that he had recorded the call, but in his 2001 testimony he acknowledged that he did. DesJarlais said he was only trying to get her to admit she wasn’t pregnant.

Thanks to ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press for his contribution.

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9 Responses to Anti-abortion Tenn. Rep. DeJarlais: Two Affairs, Two Abortions

  1. James Smith

    November 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

    What are we seeing here? That religious reich republicans are hypocrites and liars? What a shock! Who would have thought it?

    Aren’t liars and hypocrites suppose to go to hell? AT least according to these same people they are. Perhaps their belief in heaven and hell is not what they want everyone else to believe? Could it be that they are using religion to manipulate the masses?

    (We really do need a sarcasm font or icon here)

  2. Leslie Parsley

    November 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

    This old southern woman says this kind of crap doesn’t just happen in the South.

  3. Michael John Scott

    November 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

    LOL Leslie. I live in the South, Georgia to be exact, and I know better. We’ve got some real doozies down here 🙂 But then again I think you knew that 🙂

    • James Smith

      November 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Perhaps Leslie also needs that sarcasm font?

      • Michael John Scott

        November 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

        No. I’ve known Leslie for years and it wasn’t missed on me. I did, however, edit my comment.

        • James Smith

          November 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          I suspected as much. Still, a sarcasm icon would be nice and perhaps avoid some confusion?

  4. Bill Formby

    November 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Nah, James. She just has mastered the dead pan delivery.

  5. Jess

    November 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    So given he has admitted to everyone including his god that he has had relationships with patients, can his medical license be censured or something by the powers that be in TN? Any of my doctors did this to me, I would be talking to the board that oversees this type of crap within seconds.

    • Bill Formby

      November 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Jess, you would have to an affair with him first. Somehow I just don’t see you and and this right wing hoaxer getting along long enough to get the sperm chasing the egg. 🙂 🙂