DesJarlais Three Times Refuses To Define When Life Begins

After twice refusing to "define when life begins" at a candidate forum moderated by Joe Carr, DesJarlais tells Murfreesboro Post: "As far as when life begins, I don't know that I have the answer."


(MURFREESBORO, Tenn.) – In glaring defiance of core Christian beliefs, the grassroots Republican party platform, and biological research, Scott DesJarlais has refused for now the thirdtime to define when life begins. Scott DesJarlais just recently told Sam Stockard of The Murfreesboro Post, "As far as when life begins, I don't know that I have the answer. So I don't know if that's a sidestep. I don't really know."

Previously, DesJarlais twice refused to define life and when it begins at a candidate forum moderated by Joe Carr at the Warren County GOP Reagan Day Dinner. The interaction wascaught on video and it has been viewed by Tennesseans more than 13,000 times on Facebook.

DesJarlais was asked by Carr to define when life begins, and The Southern Standard newspaper stated DesJarlais was "side-stepping Carr's direct question about when life begins." When Carr followed up, and re-asked the same question, DesJarlais again dodged. Only a few weeks later, in an interview about that candidate forum and his answer on the beginning of life, DesJarlais told The Post, "I don't know." The full article from The Murfreesboro Post can be found here.

As The Murfreesboro Post reported further:

"Asked the same question by Carr, Starrett says, "I believe that life begins at conception,"and he goes on to say he agrees with the RNC platform to protect life from conception until birth and beyond.

Questioned further about how he would protect life if elected, Starrett says, "Number one, we need to defund Planned Parenthood with regard to the federal government's spending."

He continues, saying a voter recently told him she doesn't understand his position on Planned Parenthood because it is "a right." He says he argued, "if it is a right, why doesn't the government pay for my Glock? Why doesn't the government pay for my gun? It's absolutely crazy that your tax dollars go to finance abortions with regard to Planned Parenthood. And we need to do everything we possibly can to ensure it doesn't happen in the future."



Also, last fall, DesJarlais failed to hold the nation's largest abortion provider accountable, and it still continues to receive millions of dollars from the federal government.  

When Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, was caught in a scandal for selling dead baby body parts, its CEO was brought before Congress to testify to the House Oversight Committee. Scott DesJarlais is a member of that committee, and when given the opportunity to ask a question of Planned Parenthood's CEO in sworn testimony, DesJarlais passed the microphone. He said "Thank you Mr. Chairman. And I would like to yield to the gentleman from Arizona." 


"The unborn were left voiceless, and I along with nearly every other Tennessean in the 4th District was left speechless when DesJarlais refused to define life or grill Planned Parenthood's CEO," said Grant Starrett, a Republican candidate for Congress challenging Scott DesJarlais. "I'm running as a faithful conservative to protect the unborn and end taxpayer funding for abortions. I want to bring my Christian principles to D.C. where they are sorely needed." 

 
What they are saying about Grant and the 2016 race
 
POLITICO: Top 5 Primary to Watch in 2016 (Link)

"Why Didn't Scott DesJarlais Grill Planned Parenthood Chief?"  Chattanooga Times Free Press (Link)

"'Not A Single Question' - 27-Year Old Conservative Challenger Attacks GOP Congressman Over Planned Parenthood Hearing" – Daily Caller (Link)
 
“DesJarlais’ primary challenger hits on voting records, not scandals” – POLITICO  (Link)

“Great meeting with @GrantforTN, a sharp young leader in Tennessee.” – Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (Link)

“Grant is a true conservative. And I have known him for a number of years and have a tremendous respect for his heart, his intellect and his conservative values.” – Lee Beaman, Chairman of the Beaman Automotive Group in Nashville, TN (Link)
 
“I get involved in primary fights when there's a clear better candidate,” – Radio host Hugh Hewitt, endorsing Grant Starrett (Link

“Here’s what I know: Grant is a man of character and conviction. He is a constitutional conservative of the highest order,” – Erick Erickson, Editor in Chief of RedState, “strongly endorsing” Grant Starrett (Link)
 
“Grant is the kind of energetic, talented Constitutional conservative we will need to preserve the House of Representatives as a bulwark against the left’s “transformative” agenda and, should circumstances permit, to make it the engine of conservative transformation.” – PowerLine’s Paul Mirengoff (Link)
 
"Grant Starrett for Congress" – Powerline's Paul Mirengoff, endorsing Grant Starrett (Link)
 
“He would be a welcome addition to the Hill at a time when the world is increasingly dangerous but too many members still do not understand the importance of a strong defense to handle and deter rising threats.” – Powerline (Link)
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