Pro-Life Republican congressman Tim Murphy sent text messages to his married lover in January urging her to get an abortion, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. That wouldn’t seem weird except the congressman is well known for being anti-abortion.
Congressman Murphy has been honored by conservative groups for his stance against abortions. Apparently, those morals and beliefs only apply to other people and not to the congressman himself.
Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania acknowledges the affair he had with then married Shannon Edwards. During the pregnancy scare, text messages about aborting were sent from Murphy’s phone number to Edwards. The January conversation was questioned by Edwards as being hypocritical given Murphy’s abortion stance.
“And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Edwards wrote in one of the messages to Murphy’s phone, obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
And the message Edwards received back?
“I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”
The affair was revealed due to the ongoing divorce that Edward’s husband, Dr. Jesse Sally, filed in July 2016.
The congressman has been endorsed by pro-life group LifePAC and honored by the Family Research Council. Murphy who was elected in 2002 has repeatedly voted against abortion rights.
CNN reported that Murphy co-sponsored a bill passed by the House of Representative on Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.