"You told me you'd have an abortion, and now we're getting too far along without one," DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call while negotiating with her over whether he'll reveal her identity to his wife. They then discuss whether he will accompany her to a procedure to end the sort of life the congressman now describes as "sacred."
"If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let's do it," Desjarlais says.
“Well, we’ve got to do something soon. And you’ve even got to admit that because the clock is ticking right?” he says at another point.
For decades now, I have said that pro-life is a pose, a stance. It's a position one assumes when having their picture taken, for the purpose of looking superior.
In reality, pro-lifers are poseurs who affect a love of "life" and parenthood that they have no real belief in or support of. They simply use this pose to browbeat those of us in the reality-based world who want abortion to be safe, legal, and rare.
Because if we go back to the way pro-lifers prefer, abortion will become a constant background drone of death, mutilation, and needless suffering, covered by a curtain with daisies and butterflies painted on it.
This is the world the TeaGOP is leading us toward, where "life" is sacrosanct in public, disposable in secret.
Where leading Republican Party hacks like Dr. Scott DesJarlais can get their inconvenient mistakes sucked out through a tube, but women with real health problems die in childbirth, as women did for centuries before the advent of modern healthcare.
Where women with real health needs, or infected with the unwanted seed of a rapist, are rendered barren or left horribly scarred by some coathanger-wielding butcher.
This is what pro-life really means, folks. Don't doubt it for a minute. These people have zero respect for the sanctity of life and are little more than pious-sounding phonies.