Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), a “pro-life” congressman who reportedly told his former mistress to get an abortion, has announced he will be retiring at the end of his term, according to the Associated Press.
BREAKING: GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, caught up in affair scandal, announces plans to retire at end of term.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 4, 2017
The announcement comes following a report by CBS Pittsburg that stated that Murphy urged his former mistress Shannon Edwards to get an abortion.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received the transcripts of the text messages shared between Murphy and Edwards.
“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 to the GOP Congressman after his official Facebook account shared an anti-abortion post.
“I get what you say about my March for life [sic] message,” Murphy replied. “I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”
Murphy has been an outspoken “pro-life” congressman as he previously supported National Right to Life Committee. And on Tuesday he voted in favor of the House’s 20-week abortion—a bill he co-sponsored.