Anti-abortion congressman’s hypocrisy exposed in text message exchanges with mistress

Tim Murphy (L), R-Pennsylvania, talks with Ranking Member Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Colorado (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A notoriously anti-abortion federal lawmaker demanded that the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair undergo an abortion, according to text messages obtained by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

U.S. Representative Tim Murphy from Pennsylvania admitted last month that he had been having an extramarital affair with Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist from Pittsburgh. In text messages exchanged between the two, Edwards had questioned how Murphy could “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.”

“I get what you say about my March for Life messages. I’ve never written them,” responded Murphy, who has served as a U.S. representative since 2003. “Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”

Within two days of his text to Edwards, Murphy released a statement on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act in which he said he had “proudly sponsored and voted for this important bill.” President Trump’s decision to ban federal foreign aid to groups that perform abortions or even provide information about the procedure, he added, “gives me great hope we we will once again be a nation committed to honoring life from the moment of conception onward.”

Also included in the documents obtained by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was a six-page memo allegedly written by Murphy’s chief of staff, Susan Mosychuk, complaining about his “hostile, erratic, unstable, angry, aggressive, and abusive behavior.”

Read the full story at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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