You all know how the saying starts, "The doctor will see you now." But few of us are familiar with the fact that it continues, "so he can screw you, pressure you into an abortion and then run for Congress as a pro-life conservative."
Such is the story of Scott DesJarlais, a Tennessee congressman whose re-election has been imperiled by a new focus on his pre-Congressional activities as a physician with a special interpretation of bedside manner.
Turns out, his love extended to more than one patient…
On the heels of a sex scandal involving a female patient, another woman has acknowledged having a sexual relationship with physician and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais while she was under his medical care. The second woman described DesJarlais as "the nicest guy" and said he cooked dinner for her at their first get-together in 2000. But she also said they smoked marijuana during their relationship and remembered DesJarlais prescribing her pain medication on dates at his home…
Court records and a family friend confirm that the woman and DesJarlais had an affair.
DesJarlais' opponents have called this behavior unethical and, in light of his pro-life political views, hypocritical. But to me, it calls to mind President George W. Bush's 2004 statement on physicians' love…
"We've got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
Not a problem in Tennessee.
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Tags: Abortion, Scott DesJairlais, Tennessee