GOPer Who Allegedly Pressured Mistress To Have Abortion Votes For Ban

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May 15, 2015 2:01 p.m.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) voted Wednesday for a bill banning late-term abortions, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported on Friday.

DesJarlais, a former physician, voted for the ban despite allegedly pressuring his mistress and ex-wife to get abortions.

The bill would ban abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy.

“Congressman DesJarlais was proud to vote in favor of this legislation,” his spokesman, Robert Jameson, told the Free Press.

Jameson also told the paper that DesJarlais had a “100 percent pro-life voting record” and that, during his five years in office, he ”has always advocated for pro-life values.”

“Despite a fixation by his political opponents on the details of a previous marriage from the 1990s, the people of Tennessee’s Fourth District have shown they care much more about the Congressman’s job in Washington than the details of a divorce,” Jameson continued.

Jameson would not tell the paper whether DesJarlais’ ex-wife had abortions after the 20-week cutoff.

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