The pro-life movement loves GOP Rep. Tim Murphy. But after a huge scoop broke from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this Tuesday, they might be having second thoughts. As it turns out, the vocally anti-abortion Pennsylvania congressman may not be so anti-abortion after all.
The Post-Gazette obtained a text message sent to Murphy from a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship with, where she chastises him for an anti-abortion Facebook post after he allegedly asked her to have an abortion when he thought she was pregnant.
“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 wrote to Murphy on January 25. She later found out she wasn’t pregnant after all.
“I get what you say about my March for life messages,” 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.”
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
The congressman has been lauded by the Family Research Council, for his stance on abortion, as well as for family values, generally. He also has been endorsed by LifePAC, which opposes abortion rights, and is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, an affiliation that is often cited by his office.
The relationship was first exposed during Edwards’ divorce proceedings.
Aside from being a hypocrite, Murphy was also apparently a nightmare to work for.
Another — a six-page memo to Mr. Murphy purportedly written by his chief of staff, Susan Mosychuk — described a hostile workplace in which Mr. Murphy repeatedly denigrated employees, threatened them and created a state of “terror.”
According to Slate.com, Murphy has advocated for the U.S. government to define life as beginning at conception “which would outlaw some forms of birth control and force every woman to birth any conceived fetus against her will.”
You can read the Post-Gazette’s full report here.
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