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Tenn. GOP congressman's wife had 2 abortions

November 15th, 2012 2:28 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG

Tenn. GOP congressman's wife had 2 abortions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais testified during divorce proceedings that he and his former wife made a "mutual" decision for her to have two abortions.

The 2001 court transcripts were released Thursday by the state Democratic Party, which had tried to air the documents before the Nov. 6 election. A DesJarlais spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

DesJarlais easily won a second term despite revelations that he once urged a patient with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion. DesJarlais, whose campaign platform opposed abortion, acknowledged the conversation but said he was only trying to get her to admit she wasn't pregnant.

The transcripts show that woman testified under oath that she had been pregnant. She declined to elaborate on the outcome of the pregnancy.

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