‘Family Values’ Pol Encouraged Mistress to Get Abortion


The Huffington Post reports that Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Tea Party-favored Republican from Tennessee who has made his political career on being pro-life and pro-family values, urged his mistress to get an abortion to keep his wife from finding out about their affair. They got their hands on a tape of a phone conversation between the two of them:

But the new transcript and other revelations from court documents paint a more damning picture of a man who was a serial philanderer willing to push one of his lovers — whom he met as a patient with a foot problem — to terminate a pregnancy, even when he suspected he was the father.

“You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call while negotiating with her over whether he’ll reveal her identity to his wife. They then discuss whether he will accompany her to a procedure to end the sort of life the congressman now describes as “sacred.”

“You told me you would have time to go with me and everything,” the woman complains.

“I said, if I could, I would, didn’t I? And I will try,” DesJarlais says. “If I can [find] time, you’re saying you still will?”

“Yeah,” the woman answers.

The two bicker over when they can meet to hash out a solution, and they make clear the nature of their relationship when DesJarlais says delaying a resolution isn’t fair to his wife.

“This is not fair to me. I don’t want you in my life,” the woman says.

“Well, I didn’t want to be in your life either, but you lied to me about something that caused us to be in this situation, and that’s not my fault, that’s yours,” the doctor responds.

“Well, it’s [your] fault for sleeping with your patient,” the woman fires back.

Nothing about this situation is even remotely surprising.

Comments

  1. troll says

    This incident strikes me as completely consistent with pro-life values: as long as the woman isn’t allowed to make her own reproductive decisions, everything is aces.

  2. eric says

    Also not surprising, the call is from 2000.

    One thing that was surprising to me was that his GOP opponent in the (2010? 2008? Its not clear) primary evidently had the tape and didn’t use it, because they couldn’t verify it. Kudos to them for taking the high road, even when it might have contributed to their loss.

  3. Chiroptera says

    If the US had a normal political culture, I’d be aghast at the public exposure of peoples’ private lives.

    But the US doesn’t have a normal political culture. The religious right has been especially want public policies that interfere with peoples’ private lives, and I see nothing wrong with both exposing these bastards as hypocrites for advocating policies they don’t even follow, and showing how their proposed policies are impractical or impossible even for their own advocates.

  4. Chiroptera says

    P.S. Everytime is see the word “pol” in the title, I think this is going to be about the Khmer Rouge.

    What is wrong with me?

  5. says

    This strikes me as not so much hypocritical as it does consistent with the concept of anti-choice. He didn’t leave her a whole lot of leeway because he didn’t respect her right to choose. Either way, the Republicans and theocrats will find a way to rationalize it. They always do.

  6. lpetrich says

    Seems to me that Rep. DesJarlais believes in abortion on command, at least when it’s his command.

  7. peterfran says

    It’s always interesting to note how pro-lifers are so quick to call women sluts and whores when they use birth control, then murders when they abort a pregnancy. As a nation, we’ve got to kick the Pope out of congress. This Dark Age theology is smothering Sex-Ed in schools while the Ten Commandments are outlawed from public view. We live in a very confused society.

  8. says

    DesJarlais (or one of his spokesfucks) said after the original kerfuffle that he dint do dat. If only his former wife would back him up, the uppity wench!

  9. unbound says

    No, no, no. They are pro-life for others who couldn’t possibly have a legitimate reason for abortions. They are definitely pro-choice when it comes to themselves since there are some legitimate reasons for abortions for themselves.

    That is the difference.

  10. Abby Normal says

    See this is exactly why abortion needs to be illegal. If even a moral champion of family values can’t resist the temptation, what chance do those amoral liberals have? No wonder doctors are giving recreational abortions to women who aren’t even pregnant.

  11. Michael Heath says

    I’m not a student of abortion-rights. Do we know what the abortion rate is by religious affiliation? I’ve long assumed the rate is driven by socio-economic class, even if a population lives in the Bible Belt. Some illumination if anyone knows off the top of their head would be welcomed.

  12. says

    Um, folks? As the transcript proves, it’s not abortion that’s the problem in this situation. Read the last two paragraphs again.

    The problem is that he believes it’s her fault that he fucked her. He’s married, she’s a patient, but he has no control whatsoever over where his dick goes. He genuinely believes that it’s her fault.

  13. says

    It’s only bad when it’s “some unelected government bureaucrat getting in between you and your doctor”. He’s elected. So this is fine. And also he’s not a Democrat.

    breaplum, it is her fault. She’s Eve to his Adam, wandering around, forcing gardeners to nibble on her apples. That little tramp! They all are. Why, I remember the first time a Succubus forced me to commit adultery. And neither of us were even married, that’s how strong she was!

  14. martinc says

    breaplum @ 15:

    Read the last two paragraphs again.

    The problem is that he believes it’s her fault that he fucked her.

    Not necessarily. When I read his words: “you lied to me about something that caused us to be in this situation, and that’s not my fault, that’s yours”, I thought it meant that he took her word for it that she was on some kind of birth control, when she actually wasn’t. It makes a bit more sense that way.

    He’s still a hypocrite, of course.

  15. baal says

    I hope someone reported this to the relevant medical licensing board. Even if he didn’t lose his license, sleeping with your patients is not in line with medical ethics and he should have to explain it to the board.

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