Scott DesJarlais, Pro-Life Congressman, Pressured Mistress to Get an Abortion

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A pro-life, family-values congressman, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee is also a doctor. Who had an affair with a patient and pressured her to get an abortion.

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According to the Huffington Post, DesJarlais was trying to save his marriage at the time, according to his remarks on the call, made in September of 2000.

According to independent sources familiar with the call, he made the tape himself.

DesJarlais, who was provided a copy of the transcript by HuffPost, did not deny its contents, but in a statement through his campaign, railed against the opposition.

"Desperate personal attacks do not solve our nation's problems, yet it appears my opponents are choosing to once again engage in the same gutter politics," he said.

DesJarlais' divorce from Susan DesJarlais, which was finalized in 2001, included allegations that he held a gun in his own mouth for hours in one instance.

He also "dry fired" a gun outside his wife's bedroom in another, allegedly.

DesJarlais' campaign vigorously denied those charges in his 2010 race against Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis, saying they were hauled out of history for political purpose.

But the new transcript paints a more damning picture of him as a 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.

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.

Continue reading the full transcript at The Huffington Post ...

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