Anti-choice advocates, especially those in positions of power, tend to be (shall we say) a bit squirrely. While the ‘sanctity of life’ makes for great talking points and is sure to reel in a particular type of voter, for some politicians, if a ‘life’ gets in the way of their lifestyle, well, it has to go. Who can forget the former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay and his buddy, ultra-right-wing pastor, Ralph Reed? They were making boatloads of money off of near-slave labor, and should one of the women end up pregnant, they were forced to have abortions.
For Tea Party Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), the fetus lived a little closer to home. DesJarlais, who is a doctor, had extramarital sex with one of his patients in 2000. In a story that reads like a pulpy novel, he tried to have his mistress (one of at least four) have an abortion.
Here is a transcript of a phone call between DesJarlais and the woman in question (from Huffington Post):
“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 over whether he’ll reveal her identity to his wife. 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.
After some bickering: “This is not fair to me. I don’t want you in my life,” the woman says.
“Well, I didn’t want to be in your life either, but you lied to me about something that caused us to be in this situation, and that’s not my fault, that’s yours,” the doctor responds.
“Well, it’s [your] fault for sleeping with your patient,” the woman fires back.
His marriage didn’t last much longer but his political career hadn’t yet begun. In 2010, some of his personal life, which included allegedly threatening his wife with a gun, began to leak out. The allegations were shut down as just more dirty politics and with Tea Party backing, he won his election. It might not be so easy this time, as many of what were just rumors have now been confirmed.
DesJarlais’ website says, “All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life.” As long as it doesn’t get in the way of his life.
The Congressman is currently involved in a tough reelection battle.