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GOP congressman votes for abortion ban (Never mind that he pressured his mistress to get one)

A “pro-life” Tennessee GOP congressman who is incredibly enthusiastic about abortions when it comes to his ex-wife and his mistress, has voted in favor of a ban on most late-term abortions.

A “pro-life” Tennessee GOP congressman who is incredibly enthusiastic about abortions when it comes to his ex-wife and his mistress, has voted in favor of a ban on the procedure.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who is a physician by trade, was one of 242 House members who voted this Wednesday to pass the bill, which bans most abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy.

From the Times Free Press:

DesJarlais’ support of his ex-wife’s abortions, which occurred before their 1995 marriage, was revealed after his 2012 re-election to Congress in a divorce trial transcript. The transcript also showed the physician had engaged in multiple affairs with patients, and pressured one of them to get an abortion after she told him she was pregnant. The outcome of that pregnancy is unknown.

Since his initial run for Congress in 2010, however, DesJarlais has stuck to a pro-life, family values platform. Though the revelations of abortions and sexual misconduct helped fuel state Sen. Jim Tracy’s campaign for DesJarlais’ seat in 2014, DesJarlais eked out a win by 38 votes.

DesJarlais’ spokesman Robert Jameson said that the congressman has maintained a “100 percent pro-life voting record” during his five years in Congress and “has always advocated for pro-life values.”

Jameson declined to comment when asked if DesJarlais’ mistress or ex-wife’s abortions were carried out after the 20-week deadline.

Featured image via Times Free Press

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  1. Kristin

    May 16, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Hooray for hypocrisy!

  2. pabonmatriarch

    May 16, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Rep. Desjarlais isn’t in no moral position to make medical decisions for women outside his marriage. None of these legislators are. It is obvious that this is a means to keep women in a second class status. They make no comparable laws dictating what men can or cannot do.

    They forget this is a democratic republic where it has already legally deemed women as equals. We see what Desjarlais, whose own background in relationships has shown his propensity to be a controller, and his fellow legislators are doing.

    Women will rise up and kick your collective butts out of office for being offensive and fir thinking women are stupid.

    Remember, the stats prove that women are smarter than men, mature faster in all metrics. Your days are numbered in Red States because we aren’t going to take this BS anymore.

  3. Skip Moreland

    May 16, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I get tired of these republicans claiming their moral superiority and then becoming just as flawed as the rest of us. If you are going to claim it, you better behave like it.

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  5. ribluebird

    May 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Don’t do what I do. Just do what I say.

  6. brianjvasquez

    May 17, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Wait. I am genuinely confused. Is this article in support of abortion or against it? It seems to be simultaneously chastising congressman DesJarlais for supporting abortion (by participating in it) and chastising him for opposing abortion (by voting against it).

  7. Skip Moreland

    May 21, 2015 at 6:54 am

    My view is that they are calling him a hypocrite for being publicly against it while privately he supports it. If you really are against abortion and fight against it (getting yourself elected as a champion against it), then you don’t use it yourself or urge people you know to use it.
    It reminds me of newt gingrich who was railing against bill clinton for his infidelity while newt was cheating on his wife. All the while saying to his wife, do as I say, not as I do. Which is the hypocrite’s stance.

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