A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania appears to have urged a woman with whom he was having an affair to have an abortion, despite claiming publicly to be pro-life.
Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy from the Pittsburgh area admitted to having an extra-marital affair with a woman named Shannon Edwards. Murphy and his wife have filed for divorce.
But new details uncovered by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicate that the conservative congressman may not have personally practiced the values that he advocated for in public.
According to text messages obtained by the Gazette, Murphy allegedly asked Edwards to have an abortion when they thought she was pregnant.
Edwards fired back by calling Murphy a hypocrite and pointing out how he spoke publicly about the value of unborn babies, while privately urging her to abort theirs, according to the text conversation. Edwards later learned that she was not pregnant, according to the report.
Here’s more from the report:
A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office’s public account.
“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,” Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare.
A text from Mr. Murphy’s cell phone number that same day in response says, “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.”
Just two days after the text conversation, Murphy again publicly condemned abortion in his e-newsletter to constituents, according to the Washington Post. In it, Murphy urged America to “become a nation respectful of all life.”
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“We must encourage and prioritize adoption and offer compassion and prayer for mothers and fathers who struggle with the questions of life,” Murphy continued.
Murphy has a strong pro-life voting record and has sponsored several pieces of pro-life legislation in the U.S. House. But it now appears that his votes were politically motivated and not based on personal conviction about the value of unborn babies.
The Harrisburg Patriot reports Murphy also is accused of creating a hostile work environment for his staff.
His office did not have any comments about the allegations.