CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has told a newspaper that 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 who now opposes abortion also says he has no plans to resign over revelations about past relationships with patients.
DesJarlais told The Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday that he deeply regrets 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 Nov. 6. He told the newspaper that he intends to run again in two years.
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