Documents show pro-life congressman urged mistress to get abortion during pregnancy scare

Tim Murphy

According to the Post-Gazette, the Facebook post that Edwards referred to in the text message touted his pro-life stance and his sponsorship of a bill prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. Such is the sensation that the reporters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette must be experiencing in the wake of the marvelous scoop they published Tuesday afternoon: Rep. Tim Murphy, a vocally anti-abortion congressman from Pennsylvania, asked his own girlfriend to terminate a pregnancy this year. Additionally, he co-sponsored the upcoming 20-week abortion ban legislation that he will presumably vote for.

If there's any consolation for Murphy, it's that he wouldn't be the only House Republican to be pro-choice for himself and pro-life for everyone else. "I will", read a response sent from Murphy's phone. Their relationship began in 2015 but was publicly exposed last month when Murphy admitted the affair in a statement.

U.S. Representative Tim Murphy, a Republican representing Pennsylvania's 18th district, received a text message on January 25 from a woman with whom he had extra-marital affair after Murphy posted statement in support of the anti-abortion March for Life event on his office's Facebook page.

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"The United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits elective abortion more than halfway through pregnancy (beyond 20 weeks)", the Facebook post said.

"I've never written them", he added.

Three days later, Mr. Murphy's office issued another statement saying that he was "proud to join in the March for Life" and that "We must, once again, become a nation respectful of all life".

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Murphy replied that the "pro-life messages make him wince and are actually written by office staff".

Murphy has been endorsed and supported by pro-life organizations throughout his career in Congress.

Murphy has not responded to the Post-Gazette's requests for comment on the text messages.

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Moreover, a June memo stated that there had been an "ongoing and ever more pronounced pattern of sustained inappropriate behavior" from the congressman, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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