NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who opposes abortion rights, testified during divorce proceedings that he and his former wife made a mutual decision for her to have two abortions, according to divorce transcripts released Thursday.
DesJarlais, who practiced medicine before going to Congress, easily won a second term in Tennessee’s conservative 4th District despite previous revelations that he once urged a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.
There’s this additional info from KnoxNews:
Obtained by the Chattanooga Times 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.
Busy guy. And to be honest, I normally wouldn’t care. True, his actions very likely hurt a lot of people in the process – especially his wife – but that’s between the two (or what, eight??) of them. Same for the abortions, since it’s a woman’s choice whether to carry to term or not.
But … this is a person who easily won the 4th Congressional District in Tennessee while running on a platform of conservative Christian values. Let’s take a look at some of the bills he’s co-sponsored during his tenure in Congress, and get a feel for this guy’s morals:
He opposes same sex marriage:
From his website: “Marriage is traditionally defined as being between a man and a woman and we feel this distinction is important to the wellbeing of the American family.”
174. H.CON.RES.25 : Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the Obama administration’s discontinuing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
Openly opposes abortion, its federal funding (which doesn’t happen anyway), and thinks life should be redefined as beginning at conception:
From his website: “All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life.”
97. H.R.2299 : Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
16. H.R.374 : Life at Conception Act
14. H.R.361 : Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011
12. H.R.217 : Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
2. H.R.3 : No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
He believes people’s religious views should override the best interests of the patient:
54. H.R.1179 : Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011
… and he loves guns (well, OK, who doesn’t?):
36. H.R.822 : National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011
27. H.R.645 : Second Amendment Enforcement Act
26. H.R.615 : Collectible Firearms Protection Act
6. H.R.58 : Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act
So while this guy was standing on his soapbox, rambling endlessly about the sanctity of marriage and the evils of abortion, little did his constituents know that he had accumulated a rather extensive depth of expertise on the topic.
So Scott – do whatever the hell you want as long as it doesn’t affect my life … but don’t ever say another word to the American public about the inherent value of the unborn or heterosexual marriage as if you give either one even a passing thought when they come into conflict with your own self interests.