Professional-life congressman reportedly requested girlfriend to get an abortion

FILE – In this April 1, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra about safety defects and the recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the newspaper obtained text messages suggesting Murphy asked a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair, Shannon Edwards, to have an abortion when he thought she might be pregnant. Edwards, it turned out, wasn't pregnant. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Tim Murphy, seen right here in 2014, admitted to an affair with a girl who claims he requested her to ‘abort our youngster’ when she believed she was pregnant. (AP Photograph/J. Scott Applewhite)

A Pittsburgh newspaper is reporting that an anti-abortion congressman requested a girl with whom he was having an extramarital affair to have an abortion when he thought she is perhaps pregnant.

The Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette stated it obtained textual content messages between Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Shannon Edwards. A Jan. 25 textual content message from Edwards stated the congressman had “zero difficulty posting your pro-life stance far and wide whenever you had no difficulty asking me to abort our unborn youngster simply final week after we thought that was one of many choices,” in keeping with the paper.

A textual content message from Murphy’s quantity in response stated the employees was answerable for his anti-abortion messages: “I’ve by no means written them. Workers does them. I learn them and winced. I informed employees do not write any extra.”

Edwards, it turned out, wasn’t pregnant.

Murphy’s spokeswoman had no touch upon the report.

The revelation got here because the Home on Tuesday authorised Republican laws that will make it a criminal offense to carry out an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal improvement. Murphy, a member of the Home Professional-Life Caucus, is amongst its co-sponsors. He prevented the media in Washington after voting for the laws, and efforts by reporters to speak to him have been unsuccessful.

The invoice faces sure defeat within the Senate, the place Democrats have sufficient votes to kill it.

Murphy lately acknowledged his affair with Edwards, which turned public because of her divorce proceedings.

He’s serving his eighth time period representing a district in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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