Rep. Scott DesJarlais urged mistress to have abortion

Rep. Scott DesJarlais urged mistress to have abortion (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A freshman congressman running for re-election on a pro-life platform urged his pregnant mistress to get an abortion a decade ago, according to a transcript of the recorded conversation.

The phone recording appears to have been made before Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais' divorce from his wife, Susan, was finalized in 2001.

In the conversation, DesJarlais tells the unidentified woman that he was concerned that she has delayed getting an abortion, and that he was willing to travel to Atlanta with her to get the procedure done.

The congressman's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but did not dispute the transcript to the Huffington Post, which first reported it.

DesJarlais, a physician who opposes abortion rights, defeated Democratic Rep. Lincoln Davis in 2010.

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