Prominent US anti-abortionist told mistress to get an abortion
If there one thing that best defines Pennsylvania Republican congressman Tim Murphy, above, it’s his staunch opposition to abortion.
Yet when his mistress thought she might be pregnant, he told he to have an abortion.
According to The Washington Post, the Pennsylvania Republican’s extramarital affair was well known after it came out in his mistress’s divorce records. But things got much worse for Murphy on Tuesday this week when The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reportedthat text messages indicate he told his mistress to get an abortion when they had a pregnancy scare.
Here’s how the Post-Gazette recounts the text messages:
A text message sent in January to US Rep Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extramarital 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 cellphone 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.”
But in fact, that wasn’t the only time Murphy’s anti-abortion views were promoted that week – just days after he apparently told someone close to him to get an abortion.
There was this statement from Janury 24 announcing Murphy’s happiness that the House had passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.
I am so proud the House passed this important bill to clearly stand for the dignity and value of all human life, both the born and the unborn. Passage of HR 7 in the wake of the President’s executive action yesterday gives me great hope that moving forward, we will once again be a nation committed to honouring life from the moment of conception onward and ensuring American taxpayer dollars are never spent to end a life before it even begins.
And just two days after their text-message exchange — after telling Edwards that he would craft his own messages on abortion — Murphy’s office was again playing up his anti-abortion bona fides in an e-newsletter.
Here’s what the January 27 edition said:
We must, once again, become a nation respectful of all life. We must encourage and prioritize adoption and offer compassion and prayer for mothers and fathers who struggle with the questions of life.
One of the first acts of newly-elected President Donald J Trump was to reinstate long-standing policy to prevent US taxpayers paying for abortions through foreign aid. The next day, the House of Representatives took up and passed HR 7 to permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, as well as to prohibit federal medical facilities and health professionals from providing abortion services.
Since then, Murphy’s office hasn’t sent a tweet or a news release mentioning abortion.
Wrote Aaron Blake, of The Washington Post:
If there’s any consolation for Murphy, it’s that he wouldn’t be the only House Republican to be pro-choice for himself and pro-life for everyone else. Rep Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) remains in Congress four years after it was revealed that he had asked both his ex-wife and reportedly a mistress to obtain abortions.