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 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

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.

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