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Desjarlais Regrets Actions; Has No Plans To Resign

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais said his views about abortion have evolved after previously supporting his ex-wife's decisions to abort pregnancies during their marriage.

The Republican physician from Jasper, Tennessee who now opposes abortion also said he has no plans to resign over revelations about past relationships with patients.

DesJarlais told The Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday that he deeply regretted past relationships with multiple women, including patients and co-workers.

He made his first extensive remarks since divorce records from 2001 were released that also substantiated claims by Democratic opponents that he urged a lover to get an abortion and used a gun to intimidate his ex-wife.

DesJarlais was re-elected on November 6. He told the newspaper he intends to run again in two years.

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