Ultra-conservative politician wanted lover to have abortion

It was recently revealed that Lithuanian right-wing politician Petras Gražulis had pressured his mistress to get an abortion. He defended his decision by saying he was in an emotional state of mind, but maintains he still opposes the procedure.

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Why this story matters:

A celebrity controversy TV show revealed that Lithuanian MP Petras Gražulis (59), made famous for his theatrical clashes with police officers protecting an LGBT Pride event, has an out-of-wedlock daughter with a 31-year-old woman. The latter told the media about having been pressured by him to get an abortion when her pregnancy became known. She refused.

Gražulis's party membership was revoked for a year. In the announcement, the party chairman called him a "little parasite of low intelligence." 

When faced with questions, the man called the affair "the mistake of his life" and responded, "I still oppose abortion, but you know, emotions, as they were told, were emotions. As a person I still think that abortion is unacceptable."

Here is yet another rabid defender of "traditional" values who plays by a different set of rules in private. 

Details from the story:

  • The MP has always supported attempts by the Polish minority party in Lithuania to ban abortion. He has also supported the position of the church on IVF and other matters, including introducing anti-LGBT legislation in the name of defending the traditional family.
  • In 2012, he even introduced a bill to criminalize denigrating moral values.
  • His own traditional family fell apart in 2013, and he was suspected of having an affair with an aide.
  • The politician promises to financially support his daughter and jokes that the woman, deemed infertile for 10 years "miraculously" got pregnant thanks to him.
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