The embattled pro-life Republican congressman who reportedly urged a woman he was having an affair with to get an abortion, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his term next year following the bombshell report.
“After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term,” Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) said in a statement.
“In the coming weeks I will take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing. I ask you to respect our privacy during this time.”
Murphy admitted to having an affair in early September.
His announcement comes after the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported that he asked Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist, to terminate her pregnancy. The congressman had recently sponsored a House bill that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.