Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., requested a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to have an abortion, despite the fact that publicly, he is very pro-life and has been commended for his pro-life views by organizations such as the Family Research Council.
Shannon Edwards, the woman Murphy admitted he was involved with last month, sent a text message to Murphy in January to call him out for a pro-life Facebook post, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"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, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh wrote to Murphy, in the wake of an unfounded pregnancy scare.
"I get what you say about my March for life messages," a text from Murphy's cell phone number said in response. "I've never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don't write any more. I will."
The conversation was spurred by a Facebook post from Murphy, condemning late-term abortions in America.
"The United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits elective abortion more than halfway through pregnancy (beyond 20 weeks)," the post read. "It is a tragic shame that America is leading the world in discarding and disregarding the most vulnerable."
Murphy continued to state he sponsored and voted for a bill blocking the use of federal funds to pay for abortions and expressed a desire that "we will once again be a nation committed to honoring life from the moment of conception and ensuring American taxpayer dollars are never spent to end a life before it even begins."
Murphy is a co-sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest, or instances where the pregnancy poses a risk to the life or health of the mother. The House is planning to vote on the legislation Tuesday.
Murphy said last month he was involved in an extramarital affair with Edwards.Jesse Sally, Edwards' husband, cited the congressman as part of his reason for divorcing Edwards. Sally's original divorce complaint included adultery and that Edwards was involved in an affair with "a well-known political figure in the community," the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reported.
Edwards said her relationship with Murphy was only friendly at first and they worked very hard to pass legislation to help her clients.Edwards said her relationship with Murphy has ended.