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Pro-Life Congressman Resigns After Asking Woman to Have an Abortion

Pro-Life Congressman Resigns After Asking Woman to Have an Abortion

Rep. Tim Murphy told House leaders on Thursday that he will resign from Congress this month, a day after the eight-term Pennsylvania Republican announced that he would not seek another term amid a personal scandal.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he received a letter of resignation from Murphy, effective Oct. 21. “I’ve spoken with Tim quite a bit the last couple of days,” he said at a news conference shortly before Murphy’s resignation was announced.

The resignation of Murphy, a clinical psychologist, comes after a news report claimed that the married Republican had asked a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to get an abortion.

“After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term,” Murphy, 65, said in a statement Wednesday.

Murphy first publicly admitted in early September to having an affair with Shannon Edwards, a woman half his age, a revelation that dealt a blow to his re-election prospects in 2018. Murphy was first elected to the House in November 2002.

In a Jan. 25 text message obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Edwards said Murphy had “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.”

Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus and was a co-sponsor of a Republican bill approved Tuesday that bans most abortions after 20 weeks of fetal development.

Murphy represents a district in Pennsylvania’s southwestern corner that is solidly Republican.

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