Wow, A Lot of Tennessee Republicans Are Pro-Choice!



In the New York Times, Andrew Rosenthal points out something interesting about Scott DesJarlais.

During the trial, the Chattanooga newspaper reported, Dr. DesJarlais said he urged his ex-wife to get an abortion once because she was on medication that did not go well with pregnancy. The second time, he said, “things were not going well between us and it was a mutual decision.”

As Dr. DesJarlais explained at the trial, having an abortion is a tough decision. “I don’t think that it was easy for either one of us,” he said. “I think it was a very difficult and poor choice and I think that there are probably regrets both ways.”

Yes, exactly. Without intending to do so, obviously, Dr. DesJarlais did a pretty good job of laying out the pro-choice position.

But Rep. DesJarlais is not alone in being a Tennessee Republican suddenly very happy to articulate a pro-choice position. The Times Free Press asked our Republican congresscritters what they thought of DesJarlais' apparent support for abortion where he's concerned, when publicly he's busy trying to restrict your right to one.

The answers were telling, to say the least.

You'll be unsurprised to learn that, while your body is up for legislation and your choices up for scrutiny, everyone is very respectful of DesJarlais' right to choose. U.S. Reps. Stephen Fincher, Diane Black, Chuck Fleishmann and Jimmy Duncan and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker all had no comment, which is odd, when you consider how much they have to say about abortion in general.

But that's nothing compared to Sen. Lamar Alexander, who relayed through a spokesperson, "This is a matter between Rep. DesJarlais and his constituents." And Rep. Phil Roe, who doesn't believe that abortion is health care, told Roll Call, "I don't know that it reflects badly. I think it's an individual decision that someone's made."

Well, holy cow! If the new anti-abortion position is that three abortions are fine, that abortion isn't the business of politicians, and that having one doesn't reflect badly on anyone because it's just an "individual decision that someone's made," I think there might be a lot more common ground between the pro-choice and the anti-abortion position than anyone realized.

Just kidding. These folks still think it's wrong for you to have one. It's only okay if one of the ruling class needs one, or two, or three, as the case may be. As usual, it's one set of rules for us and another set for them.

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