By Justin Sink
Embattled Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) — who made headlines earlier this week after a recording of a telephone call emerged in which the congressman, who opposes abortion rights, encourages his mistress to procure just such a procedure — said Friday that the woman turned out not to be pregnant.
"I don't mind telling people that there was no pregnancy, and no abortion," DesJarlais told WTN-FM. "But I also don't mind telling people that this was a protracted two-year divorce back in 1999 and 2000. There was some difficult times, for sure."
In the tape, a copy of which was obtained by the Huffington Post, DesJarlais is heard pressuring the woman to undergo the abortion. The woman was also a patient of DesJarlais's, who was a doctor before being elected to Congress.
In the radio interview Thursday, DesJarlais said he hoped "when the voters judge me, they judge me on the marriage I have now."
DesJarlais skipped a planned debate with his Democratic opponent, Eric Stewart, on Thursday night, saying he was tasked with presiding over Friday's pro forma session of the House. DesJarlais briefly presided over a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance Friday morning before gaveling the House closed.