If you check out Republican Congressman Dr. Scott DesJarlais’ website, you will find these typical conservative declarations:
Abortion – All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life.
Marriage – Marriage is traditionally defined as being between a man and a woman and we feel this distinction is important to the wellbeing of the American family.
If you check out The Huffington Post today, you will find this headline:
Now, if this were merely about teapartying Tennessee Congressman DesJarlais and his blatant hypocrisy, that would be one thing. But it is about more than that. You see, via a transcript made of a phone call, he told his mistress, a former patient, this,
You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one…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.
Thanks to those who value a woman’s right to choose, the congressman’s mistress had somewhere to go to “get it over with,” should she have found herself unwilling to bring to term a reminder of the unpleasantness that is Congressman DesJarlais.
But his House voting record shows that he is willing to deprive others of the means to do what he was strongly urging his mistress to do. He voted time and again against reproductive choice, the kind of choice he was trying to exercise via rhetorically strong-arming his lady friend.
Particularly galling is DesJarlais’ vote on an amendment to the newly constituted Republican House’s very first act as a Tea Party House in February of 2009. The amendment was titled, “Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds for Planned Parenthood.” Vote Smart’s synopsis reads:
Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1 that prohibits federal funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its state or local affiliates, for any purpose.
Even though Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds for abortion services, and even though Planned Parenthood is a lifeline of hope to so many women across America, this hypocritical bastard, who impregnated a woman not his wife and then tried to bully her into an abortion, voted against funding Planned Parenthood.
That’s what’s so sickening about people like Scott DesJarlais.