Tim Murphy is a Republican congressman and leading pro-life conservative — he also allegedly asked his mistress to get an abortion, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Murphy, who has represented Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district since 2003, admitted to having an extramarital affair last month and his old lover is accusing him of being hypocritical in his pro-life beliefs.
“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,” texted the Republican congressman’s ex-mistress in response to an anti-abortion post on Murphy’s Facebook page.
Per documents received by the Pittsburgh newspaper, Murphy responded by saying, “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.” Interestingly, Murphy denies writing the anti-abortion Facebook post himself but does not deny asking his mistress for an abortion.
According to the Post-Gazette piece, Murphy has been praised by the Family Research Council — a hardline evangelical nonprofit — and endorsed by LifePAC for his stance on abortion in congress. Additionally, he co-sponsored the upcoming 20-week abortion ban legislation that he will presumably vote for. If the accusation from his mistress is to be taken as fact, his public and private record on the issue would present a different story on his conservative views.
The woman, Shannon Edwards, was a close friend of Murphy’s who began having an affair with him after the two worked together on mental health legislation. However, in September, Murphy made a statement calling the affair “nobody’s fault but my own.”
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