Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the “pro-family” and “pro-life” congressman from Tennessee who supported his wife’s two abortions and encouraged one of his many mistresses to have one as well, says it’s totally unfair of you to think he’s a hypocrite. Because his views have “evolved” on that issue.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), the former physician turned anti-abortion Tennessee Republican congressman, says he hadn’t given abortion as much thought as he “should have” when he supported his first wife’s decisions to have two abortions, and that he often used “very poor judgment” during his first marriage and the separation that followed it.
He now looks back with regret, he says, on the sexual relationships he had with two patients, three co-workers and a drug company representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper…According to the News Sentinel, the court document states that DesJarlais’ first wife had her first abortion when she was on an experimental drug that raised potential risks with the pregnancy. The second abortion occurred when the pair were having problems in their relationship. DesJarlais told the paper his views on abortion have evolved, and that charges of hypocrisy were unfair.
“I guess as a physician, I was a fairly objective person,” he said of his beliefs at the time. “I try not to be a judgmental person. [Abortion] was just not something that I put as much thought into as I should have, in retrospect. Going back, if I could change and do things differently, certainly I would.”
Oh, and he was just being forgetful when he lied about all of this and attacked those who made the accusations prior to the release of all the documents from his divorce that proved them true. So stop picking on the poor guy, will ya? He may have lied and did the exact opposite of what he has supported as a politician, but that totally doesn’t make him a liar and a hypocrite.