Yet another pro-life “family values” Republican has been exposed for his hypocrisy in one of the more salacious stories to emerge in recent weeks. Louisiana Republican state senator and candidate for governor David Vitter apparently had a three-year relationship with an escort, Wendy Ellis back in the 90s’, who he impregnated and demanded that she abort the child. She refused and put the child up for adoption.
Ellis is now dying of lupus and wants the world to hear her story, which is why she spoke to journalist Jason Berry and revealed the shocking news:
BERRY: He asked you to have an abortion?
ELLIS: Absolutely. But you can sit there and walk across the grassy knoll holding your wife and your children’s hands and screaming “family values,” but you want me to go abort my baby.
BERRY: And you didn’t do that because you have religious beliefs regarding abortion or was it personal beliefs?
ELLIS: It was personal beliefs. I believe that if I’m woman enough to lay down and spread my legs, I’m woman enough to make the right decision. The child didn’t asked to be brought into this world. You know, I don’t believe in that whatsoever. That’s just disgusting to me.
Apparently Vitter, who has made his career touting his moral superiority and Christian values, is not man enough to own up to his actions or stand by his principles when it comes to his political credibility. His opponent slammed him for the allegations, saying that Vitter tries to be “the paragon of conservative Christian values to hear him … and nothing could be further from the truth.”
It just goes to show how hollow the right-wing’s appeals to moral purity truly are. How many pro-life and “family values” hypocrites have been exposed for their personal transgressions? While one should not judge the personal decisions that grown adults make in their lives, the fact that these men have made their careers on disparaging women and homosexuals for their “sinful ways” and are just as guilty goes to show what little relevance their ideas have in modern American society.
You can watch Ms. Ellis’ remarks here:
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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.