Testimony reveals DesJarlais' ex-wife had 2 abortions while with him

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:33pm

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his ex-wife made a “mutual decision” for her to have an abortion, according to transcripts of testimony he gave during their 2001 divorce trial.

DesJarlais, a doctor, has been engulfed in scandal since revelations in October of a transcript from a phone call in which he pressured a mistress, who was also a former patient of his, to have an abortion. Despite that, and subsequent revelations about another woman, he won re-election easily last week.

During the 2001 divorce trial, DesJarlais testified about two abortions he said his former wife Susan had while they were together. One, he said, was while she was taking an experimental drug that would have caused risks during pregnancy. The other, according to his testimony, was at a time when “things were not going well” in their marriage.

“I don’t think it was easy for either one of us,” he told the court. “I think it was a very difficult and poor choice and I think that there are probably regrets both ways.”

DesJarlais has consistently campaigned as an anti-abortion conservative.

In a Facebook letter to supporters last month, the congressman said that he “used rather strong rhetoric” during his phone call with a former patient with whom he had a sexual relationship, in an attempt to get her to admit that she was not pregnant. However, transcripts of that woman’s testimony released Thursday show that she testified she had been pregnant, though she declined to reveal the outcome of that pregnancy.

In the same Facebook letter, DesJarlais also said media reports that he had recorded their conversation were false, claiming that he had been recorded “unknowingly and without my consent.” According to his 2001 testimony, however, he and his former wife recorded the call.

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33 Comments on this post:

By: RTungsten on 11/15/12 at 4:27

Scott DesJarlais should be kicked in the junk, then neutered.

By: Mike Burch on 11/16/12 at 12:01

Once again, Republicans pretend to represent "family values" in order to get votes from gullible voters, but they feel no need to practice what they preach to other people.

By: Ask01 on 11/16/12 at 4:19

Normally, I would say this is merely the story of another morally bankrupt individual who reflects nothing but shame on decent humans. These low lifes are, have, and likely will, always be with us providing at least bad examples as their only positive contribution to society.

The crucial difference of this situation is this dreg of humanity has sought and won public office while espousing opinions and ethics 180 degrees out of alignmant with his hidden true nature.

A person of honor would have the decency to apologize and resign the office they gained through misrepresentation now that solid evidence in the form of substantiated legal documents have come to light.

Given this individuals past actions, I believe we can rule out such action.

By: govskeptic on 11/16/12 at 6:33


I agree with you that we are "all" so morally above this man we
should tar and feather him, after all he's probably the only politician that
has ever agreed with his wife that the child be aborted. Not so sure there
was that much misrepresentations in the 30,000 vote victory in the past
election. Plenty of fodder for 2014 rematch which will probably go to a
Primary challenger.

By: njmccune on 11/16/12 at 8:38

In this mornings Tennessean, Ron Ramsey told reporters that "voters in DesJarlais deeply conservative district may have chosen to bide their time until a Republican challenger emerges" is absolutely disgusting. Any voter who would rather have this repulsive dirt bag in office than anyone else deserves what they get.

Now the dirt bag is attempting to stop Obamacare from being implemented in Tennessee. Let's see, he doesn't want babies aborted unless they are his own and he doesn't want them taken care of once they get here. Make any sence to you.

This jackass deserves to rot in hell and take his ultra conservative knuckle-draggers with him.

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 8:43

Liberals would rally behind him if a demtard. At least conservatives do the right thing and disown him.

I love how liberals crucify if a republican, but hide the misdeeds of their own.

By: Moonglow1 on 11/16/12 at 8:44

Moonglow1: This guy is a sleaze extraodinaire. He epitomizes the Tea Party: what is good for the public is not good for them. The most extraordinary part of this saga is he was re-elected and also remains an MD even when he has violated the Hippocratic Oath.

By: bobyounts@comca... on 11/16/12 at 8:53

DesJarlais, Ron Ramsey...If you don't think the voters of Tennessee are STUPID, look at these two. Both lying sacks of ****. Maybe they'll both get very sick. Hey, at least it's something we can hope for.

By: bobyounts@comca... on 11/16/12 at 8:53

DesJarlais, Ron Ramsey...If you don't think the voters of Tennessee are STUPID, look at these two. Both lying sacks of ****. Maybe they'll both get very sick. Hey, at least it's something we can hope for.

By: Moonglow1 on 11/16/12 at 8:55

Moonglow1: Jughead, conservatives have not disowned him. They re-elected him. He easily won. What a travesty.

His re-election demonstrates the need to educate the populace. However a state that promotes "intelligent design" cannot be expected to have an educated population. So few Tennesseans even have a Masters Degree. Of course a poorly educated populace is a dream for the Teas. They love it when they can promulgate public policy detrimental to the "masses" but oh so helpful to them (they are immune-they can get abortions, shield money in the Caymans, and send their kids to private schools paid for with public money).

Ah yes, DesJarlais personifies A Tea Zealot!!b

By: njmccune on 11/16/12 at 8:56

Jughead... the conservatives have not disowned him...

By: Moonglow1 on 11/16/12 at 9:02

Moonglow1: Of course there is an upside. An abortion has saved us from another DesJarlais. His gene pool is definitely substandard and he should not be allowed to reproduce. Actually we should start a petition to require him to be sterilized. In his case mandatory sterilization is a must.

By: njmccune on 11/16/12 at 9:05

Moonglow... I agree completely!!

By: rawhide on 11/16/12 at 9:14

hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue. Supporting abortion on demand is a vice. Now, unlike Democrats, we Republican voters will make the guy be responsible for his seeming hypocrisy. But thanks for the input Dems!

By: Moonglow1 on 11/16/12 at 9:20

Moonglow1: Thank you njmccune

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 9:29

Conservatives HAVE disowned him after the transcript was released. Funny thing--we needed proof before screaming "fire." Demtards scream racism, homophobia, whatever whenever it is politically advantageous.

The real hypocrites are democrats. They embrace their party members who commit lewd acts, yet scream like pigs if it a republican. I hate liberals because they are intellectually dishonest liars.

By: njmccune on 11/16/12 at 9:31

rawhide... I am not a Dem. And I take you up on your offer to make the guy responsible. How are you going to do that? By letting him stay in office and slapping him on his fat hand?

By: GUARDIAN on 11/16/12 at 9:44

Are we going to have to listen to this trash from the party that promotes sucking the brains out of babies during live birth abortions. It is two years till the next election so find yourselves another democrat to run against DesJarlais and shut the xxxx up till then. You evil morons are so stupid or maybe you think everyone else is.......GUARDIAN-GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS. The American Way.

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 10:13

And let's talk about other testimony..General Patraeus. Obama knew from the start that the Libyan murders were terrorists, and LIED to the US in order to protect his muslim friends.

And, America re-elected this lying creep. Sad reflection of who we are---vote for anyone who gives us welfare and free stuff.

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 10:16

The GOP will never convince democrats that self-responsibility is better than welfare. Dems love taking others earnings and giving it away to the unproductive for votes--it works.

That is why secession needs to happen. I need a place where people who don't work don't eat. That will get them off their fat lazy oxycontin and crack buttts and get a job.

Please, Texas, do it so I have a sane place to live.

By: freddy on 11/16/12 at 10:45

Wow... I rarely weigh in because the amount of vitriol is just overwhelming, no matter the topic of the original story. DeJarlais needs no further comment, an obvious creep and a criminal, but Jughead (aptly named) is a real charmer, no? Maybe the GOP will disown him, too! Dude, move to Texas already, the state is filled with cretins like you, you'll fit right in.

By: wasaw on 11/16/12 at 10:53

Being an Independent, I don't have a dog in this fight. However, from what I've observed in Tennessee politics, it seems to me that DesJarlais is in the wrong party. Doesn't it appear to anyone else that this DesJarlais is a clone of TN. Rep. scrote gary odum?

Hey odum, Thanksgiving Day is soon approaching. You've only got to visit fifty-one "Pub reps to offer your thirty pieces of silver. Doesn't it appear that the TN media has a diferent standard for Dem's as opposed to "Pub's. The electorate knew most all this stuff before the election and still voted the guy in. Do we just expect the Dem's to be classless slimeballs, like odum? Just asking!

Now let's get down to real work and determine who paid for poor Barry Soetoro's tuition and fees while he attended Harvard. He couldn't have been on the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program, because he says he is American born.

By: royt5 on 11/16/12 at 11:16

With the Dems morals and what they believe, Scott should be their perfect choice for his seat.

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 12:10

@Freddy: Are you not seeing the same amount of red in Tennessee as the rest of us?

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 12:12

@Freddy: Don't forget keep current on your welfare docs--don't want to miss a single month of free food and "assistance" so you can pay your cell phone and cable bills.

By: Moonglow1 on 11/16/12 at 12:25

Moonglow1: Patraeus was a Bush pick. A self aggrandizing figure. Generals and war brought to you by the Neocons. Rape of the US taxpayer Abort these Tea Neocons.

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 12:41

@DimGlow: Go sit on the Plaza and Occupy Nothing.

By: freddy on 11/16/12 at 1:32

`Jughead, there is definitely a lot of red in the state of Tennessee. How else would a jackass like DesJarlais get elected, but for the high school-dropout vote? The GOP can always count on Illiterate hillrats on meth, , you like having the heel of the rich man on your throat. Why else would people who live on McDonald's object to the rich being taxed? God, I have a headache. Guess I'll go get treated at the Emergency room. Romney said it's OK.

By: Jughead on 11/16/12 at 3:47

@Freddy: I look forward to the day when you get a job.

By: freddy on 11/16/12 at 4:07

That's it? That's all you got? You seemed so full of fire earlier. OK, you're dismissed. Next!

By: Ask01 on 11/16/12 at 7:35

To be honest, govskeptic, the morality issue, if the circumstances applied to just an average schlub on the street, would be fairly moot. I believe, to use morality to shame a person, that individual must possess some sense of morality equal to the person judging them.

My impression is DesJarlais seems to have little shame, so therefore cannot be embarrassed on the moral points.

The point I was trying to make is he presented a totally different face and set of values to voters from what he has subscribed to in past situations.

Just my opinion.

By: joe41 on 11/19/12 at 3:29

I think it was a poor choice to re elect this scumbag to Congress.

By: localboy on 11/21/12 at 12:24

So? ;)