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Scott DesJarlais was 'convinced' woman not pregnant

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(Times Free Press) -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., a physician, said Friday he was convinced a woman he had sex with a dozen years ago wasn't actually pregnant despite her claims he was responsible for impregnating her.

"There was no pregnancy and there was no abortion," the 4th District representative told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A freshman lawmaker from Jasper, Tenn., who touts his opposition to abortion rights, the lawmaker is battling a controversy stemming from a recorded 2000 conversation in which he presses the unnamed woman to get an abortion.

"I was attempting to use strong language to get her to tell me the truth," said DesJarlais, who added that he didn't record the conversation and was unaware it was being recorded.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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