Pro-Life Congressman Fined For Allegedly Pressuring Patient Into Abortion and Improper Sexual Relationships

220px-Scott_DesJarlais,_Official_Portrait,_112th_CongressRep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) is a pro-life Republican who has long run on family values. Those values however were no where in sight in the recent findings of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners which ordered DesJarlais to pay a fine for having sexual relations with patients and allegedly pressuring one patient to get an abortion. However, the cost of such conduct will be $500.


DesJarlais ran on the slogan:

“Pro-life and PROUD OF IT: Dr. D’s Prescription for Tennessee: Protect our traditional Tennessee values: Scott is pro-gun, pro-life and pro-marriage and PROUD OF IT.”

Well, at least he is still pro-gun.

DesJarlais responded to the fine by saying “I take responsibility for past mistakes and am happy to get this resolved.”

He has announced that “God’s forgiven me. … I simply ask my fellow Christians and constituents to consider doing the same for me.”

Just to be clear, again, Desjarlais was accused of pressuring one of the women to get an abortion and allegedly prescribed her unnecessary pain medication and smoked marijuana with her.

However, he has not escaped responsibility. He will pay $500.

39 thoughts on “Pro-Life Congressman Fined For Allegedly Pressuring Patient Into Abortion and Improper Sexual Relationships

  1. Honor and personal responsibility is gone in politics. And, it’s on the endangered species list in our culture.

  2. What type of “Dr” is he? Please don’t tell me he was an OB/GYN specialist? Should his license be removed or at least be suspended? $500 fine is pocket change to him.

  3. He sounds like a flaming hypocrite with no honor. Forgiveness is one thing, but he wants his constituents to trust him by voting him back into office? I man with honor and true regret would step down and work on his character flaws.

  4. His conduct is outrageous and the conduct of the review board is even worse for giving him a tap on the hand and allowing him to continue to practice.

  5. http://www.scottdesjarlais.com/about-scott/

    Scott’s mother was a nurse of 44 years at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital. He watched how she toiled at her job but never seemed to tire of it. She said that helping people is its own reward and Scott has found that to be true. Her example of service and Scott’s love of science led him to enter into the medical field. Scott received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and moved to Tennessee almost two decades ago to practice general medicine.

  6. “DesJarlais responded to the fine by saying “I take responsibility for past mistakes and am happy to get this resolved.”
    He has announced that “God’s forgiven me. … I simply ask my fellow Christians and constituents to consider doing the same for me.”

    Christianity’s idea that people can redeem themselves is laudable. However, it does lend itself to misuse by reprehensibly hypocritical people who see it as the equivalent of a “get out of jail free card”.

  7. Are you kidding me??? Why isn’t this man in prison? Why isn’t his face and story of horrible behavior splashed across every news station’s feed? Disgusting. Wanna get away with criminal acts?>>>Just get yourself elected to public office!

  8. I am a republican and god told me this behavior was fine with him…. He sees the hypocrisy in others…..but, since I am chosen how can I be wrong….

  9. nick spinelli wrote
    “Honor and personal responsibility is gone in politics.”

    Nick, In the medical profession too.

  10. I wonder what the penalty would have been if he was not an elected official.

    For such a small group of individuals, congress sure has a high number of scandals and crimes.

  11. I think there are plenty of immoral anti gun advocates here. This would be as disturbing and disgusting if a pro choice advocate tried to force an abortion. The guy is a creep w no moral authority.

  12. Any woman who consented to have sex with that shaved head fatso must have been paid a considerable sum of money. What a dork. Congressman? From what Pirate Territory?

  13. I will preface my comments by stating that I, in no way, support Anthony Weiner. Having stated that, I know he’ll be defeated, because there are fewer fundamentalists in New York. Mark Sanford was able to say he was ”redeemed”, and all was okay, but there’s a higher standard in New York. Let the Christians shout at me, but the non-fundamentalists need tangible, here on earth proof of redemption.

  14. It seems that the louder they protest against the gays or against abortion and profess boldly that they are full of family values should be a tipoff that something is amiss. Me thinks he doth protest too much.

  15. Mark Collins:”Why do people elect guys like him? Is there a logical explanation that I am failing to see?”

    The people that elect these clowns elect them because fools like this guy mirror their own personal, bigoted, and discredited views. Oh, and they’re from Tennessee (you may substitute Texas, Florida, Arizona, Alabama…you get the picture.)

  16. It’s becoming rather sad to see that we no longer have the best congressmen money can buy.

    There must be plenty of former congressmen rolling in their graves. The spirits groaning with discontent echoes in the former Tammany Hall.

  17. Mike S

    “I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.”

    ― Al Pacino

  18. Pro-life huh? So he wants to make women live by rules he didn’t think applied to him and the women in his life. His hypocrisy is matched only by his arrogance.

  19. The most important question here is why was he able to retain his license to practice medicine?

  20. Mark Collins
    ] I’m repulsed. I hope others are. Why do people elect guys like him?
    ] Is there a logical explanation that I am failing to see?

    Any wingnut can spew the right dogma and get elected. Those willing to vote for them aren’t willing to think, they’re only listening for the right bell so they can start salivating.

    leejcaroll
    ] ] nick spinelli wrote
    ] ] “Honor and personal responsibility is gone in politics.”
    ] Nick, In the medical profession too.

    Of course. Just ask those tortured at Guantanamo or Nataline Sarkisyan. Profit margins and careerism determine medical care nowadays.

    Oh wait, you can’t ask those people I mentioned. Those being tortured are held incommunicado, and Sarkisyan was murdered by CIGNA so the company could save shareholders a few bucks. They’re not around to speak.

  21. Even the Republican side of the editorial page of the Chattanooga paper proclaimed this man to be an embarrassment. But, the “good” people elected him anyway. The concept of forgiveness down south applies only to people who have the Bible and an anti-abortion sign in one hand and a gun in the other.

  22. The religious right wing fundamentalists of the Republican base that make up the Tea Party, and are being used by the Koch Bros., are the poster of hypocrisy. There are so many closet gays in the Republican ranks, that if they were to come out, they would have to explain their stance on gay rights issues. They use Biblical scripture to justify their hatred of gays, abortion clinics, liberals, Muslims, or anyone on their hate list, while at the same time knowing they are hypocrites! The Christian Coalition and Moral Majority helped put Bush in office (along with the Supreme Court), and ushered in the Neo-Con Agenda (Wolfowitz Doctrine). Then, memos were sent down line from the Bush Whitehouse that had Biblical scripture attached (some were on torture). This all indicates that this is more than a war about controlling and dominating the world’s resources, it is also about using the Bible to justify preemptive strikes, extraordinary rendition, torture, summary executions, and illegal kidnapping and indefinite detention without charge, counsel or trial. It is a religious war against Muslims (who occupy oil rich land) or Jihad (Holy War, or racist war). It’s about stripping away Habeas Corpus, and Posse Commitatus, and the Bill of Rights. PNAC needed a “New Pearl Harbor” to usher in the New American Century, and they got it on 911. That was the justification for the Patriot Act, & NDAA.

  23. Ron, you are coming on a little strong. If what you are saying was really true about my comrades in the Republican Party, I would not be one.

    People are going to use the Bible to put a context to all kinds of things they do, but that does not mean they are waging a religious war against Muslims, or that they are against Habeas Corpus and the Bill of Rights. Furthermore, President Obama is a Democrat and has done more Drone strikes than Bush ever did: >300 to 50.

    One thing you are right about is that they have used 911 to justify taking away our civil liberties. We need to wake up and persuade politicians to reverse this. Now Homeland Security is constructing a building costing us $3.9 Billion. By way of comparison, the Pentagon cost $83 million. The new NSA spy facility is 7 times bigger than the Pentagon and costs $1.2 Billion. What else is big government up to?

  24. Unbelievable! And here in Colorado, two of our state senators (including our most accomplished one) are being targeted for recall simply for voting yes (along with the state senate majority) on some very minor new gun safety laws.

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