“Pro Life” Tennessee Congressman Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions
Congressman Scott DeJarlais, who is also a physician, supported his wife’s decision to have two abortions prior to their marriage. Transcripts of the divorce trial were obtained by the Chattanooga Free Press.
…the couple’s 2001 trial transcript also confirms DesJarlais had sexual relationships with at least two patients, three coworkers and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn. During one affair with a female patient, DesJarlais prescribed her drugs, gave her an $875 watch and bought her a plane ticket to Las Vegas, records show…
DesJarlais, a family-values conservative who rode 2010’s tea party wave to Washington, testified his ex-wife’s earlier abortion stemmed from medical concerns.
“… [She] was on an experimental drug called Lupron and was not supposed to have gotten pregnant. There were potential risks. It was a therapeutic,” he said.
DesJarlais backed a second abortion after she returned from a military stint in Saudi Arabia a few years before they married in 1995.
“[It] was after she had gotten back from Desert Storm and things were not going well between us and it was a mutual decision,” he said.
…Eleven years after his testimony, DesJarlais’ official website states “all life should be cherished and protected.” The physician-turned-politician has proven himself a reliable vote for anti-abortion legislation, scoring the National Right to Life’s coveted 100 percent rating.