Anti-choice Tea Party Congressman pressured pregnant mistress to get an abortion

Tennessee Tea Party Rep Dr. Scott DesJarlais -- a serial philanderer who told a court he'd cheated on his wife four times -- calls himself anti-abortion. His website says, "All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life." He has consistently voted for legislation that restricted abortion. But when he got his mistress pregnant, he insisted that she get an abortion. Here's a transcript of some of that conversation:

"If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let's do it," Desjarlais says.

“Well, we’ve got to do something soon. And you’ve even got to admit that because the clock is ticking right?” he says at another point.

I guess that this is consistent with an anti-choice position (he doesn't want women to choose, he wants their married boyfriends to choose), but "pro-life"? Not so much.

Anti-choice GOP Congressman pushed mistress to get abortion (Thanks, Winkel!)



  1. I suppose he was basically telling her that in cases of legitimate adultery, there are ways of just shutting that whole thing down.

    1. Exactly. He’ll force his mistress/daughter/both to get an abortion under the cover of dark, while wearing sunglasses, etc.

    2. Reminding us once again that the different stripes of religious fundies have more they agree on than disagree on.

  2. Every abortion provider already knows this. If you work at a place with protesters long enough, eventually you see a familiar face from the protester crowd in the clinic for an abortion, or with someone who is getting an abortion. Many of them talk about how they are different than every other woman who wants an abortion. Some are outraged that they have to sit in the waiting room with “those” patients.  Many of them go right back to protesting outside the next week.

    We talk about how abortion restrictions should have exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother….in reality people want exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother – and themselves.

    1. You’ll also find similar “exceptions” for conservatives who find themselves in need of social safety nets like welfare, food stamps or really any manner of “oh shit how did I find myself in this situation” kind of scenarios.

      Remember how Rush Limbaugh suddenly decided the ACLU was the best organization ever as soon as the privacy of his own medical records became a deciding factor in whether or not he would go to jail for illegal drug use?

      1. “Remember how Rush Limbaugh suddenly decided the ACLU was the best organization ever”

        No? Did that last a day longer than his criminal case?

      2. Succinctly summed up by Craig T Nelson – “I’ve been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No.”

  3. It’s almost like…I don’t know…it’s almost like politicians just SAY things to get elected or something! And then their real views are totally different from what they said! 

    1. His views could very well line up with what he’s said.  There are a lot of people who are vehemently anti-abortion who consider themselves special exceptions to their principles.  

        1. It’s okay just as long as you read an equal amount of Kurt Vonnegut. Which I suppose would mean stopping on every other chapter of Atlas Shrugged and reading another Kurt Vonnegut book.

          1. That is the essence of my reading strategy at 19. Plus some Ursula LeGuin balanced with Hemingway.

  4. Even though I am a Tennessean who did not, and would not, vote for DesJarlais, I would like to offer an apology on behalf of my state for inflicting this individual on the rest of the country.

    And I can assure you that if this comes up in his reelection campaign he will simultaneously call for the campaign to be about “the issues” while also claiming that his opponent has done something equally execrable. After all it was a tactic that worked for him in his last campaign. Why change what works? 

    1. “DesJarlais, who was provided a copy of the transcript by HuffPost, did not deny its contents, but in a statement released through his campaign characterized it as just another sordid detail dredged up by 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 that CBS news called the dirtiest in the nation just 2 years ago.'”

    2. Even though I am a Tennessean who did not, and would not, vote for DesJarlais, I would like to offer an apology on behalf of my state for inflicting this individual on the rest of the country.

      Even though I am an Alabamian who didn’t get a chance to vote for or against DesJarlais, I would like to apologize in advance for whatever Alabama does next.

  5. I don’t see the contradiction. Compelling his mistress to have an abortion is decidedly anti-choice.

  6. Everyone is anti-choice until they need to be otherwise. Then they see the value of freedom, even if they choose to have a child.

    1. “Then they see the value of freedom”

      What, no? They don’t. It’s the very definition of “Fuck you, I’ve got mine.”

  7. I remember a story from a nurse who was assisting a patient after an abortion. The patient’s mother, who was standing next to the bed, turned to the nurse and said “murderer!” The depth of their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  8. This is as close to having an abortion as this man can physically get. Why didn’t they do an ultrasound of the fetus and describe it to him to make sure this was the decision he wanted to make?

    1. I don’t think that it would have made a difference.

      If they’re going to require vaginal penetration ultrasounds for women to get abortions, then they should require prostate exams to men before they’re given the happy pill, make sure they’re healthy enough for sexual activity and what not.

      Which is my way of saying I don’t think that either should be the case.

  9. I admire that guy’s ability to have mistresses. He must have a hell of a personality.*

    * As long as you don’t get pregnant, apparently.

    1. He must have a hell of a personality.

      Or money. Or power. Or just a general willingness to exploit women with low self-esteem.

  10. The transcript is priceless, at one point the mistress mentions both his current wife and ex-wife.  Must be hard to keep track.

  11. Another of our esteemed congressmen on the Republican side…
    Sorry, he won’t let you choose an abortion although he insists that his mistress has one.

  12. Does anybody here think that anybody other than the idiots who would have voted for this rat-bastard, would be offended if we simply set him on fire ?

  13. So, America… how’s that “not voting in the lesser evil” workin’ out for ya?  Get out and vote, assholes.

  14. Let it not be overlooked that the schmuck recorded the conversation himself with the bizarre idea that if his wife listened to it, it would help their marriage.  The only thing dumber is years later going into public life with Tea Party views and thinking that his hypocrisy would not come to light.  Sheesh.

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