"Desjarlais, a doctor who won his seat in 2010 in part because of his outspoken opposition to abortion rights, is best-known nationally for the 2012 revelation that he had urged one of his patients to get an abortion after he impregnated her and testified during divorce proceedings that he and his then-wife made a mutual decision for her to have two abortions. He expressed his anxiety and let his constituents know that he has heard their concerns about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro being permitted to construct a cemetery on its grounds. He took to his Facebook page recently to publicly declare his anxiety.
The comment was first noted by the Nashville Scene.
“Friends, I have received numerous calls over the last couple of weeks regarding the Murfreesboro mosque cemetery. Although this is a state issue, I am deeply concerned over the impact it might have on our community. Unfortunately the Tennessee Religious Freedom Act, passed by the TN General Assembly, may have played a key role in allowing this cemetery to be approved. There is a difference between legislation that would protect our religious freedoms and legislation that would allow for the circumvention of laws that other organizations comply with on a daily basis.”"