Scott DesJarlais supported ex-wife's abortions, slept with patients

photo Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R.-Tenn., exits Judge Jacqueline Bolton's courtroom.

Tennessee Democrats raged and state Republicans went quiet Thursday as new revelations rocked the post-re-election world of U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

A decade before reaching Capitol Hill as a self-proclaimed "consistent supporter of pro-life values," DesJarlais encouraged his ex-wife's decision to get two abortions before their marriage, according to the congressman's sworn testimony during his 2001 divorce trial. First reported Thursday by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the trial transcript also confirms DesJarlais had a battery of potentially unethical relationships while serving in a position of medical authority.

Under oath, DesJarlais admitted sexual trysts with at least two patients, three coworkers and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn.