The embattled pro-life, anti-gay Republican congressman who reportedly urged a woman he was having an affair with to get an abortion, has announced he will resign his seat effective October 21 – just a day after announcing his plan to retire following the 2018 election.
“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,” Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”
The “Family Values” lawmaker admitted to having an affair in early September.
His decision to resign 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.
In a newly emerged text message exchange between Murphy and Edwards in January, Edwards confronts the Congressman after she saw a social media post on his Facebook page accusing America of “discarding and disregarding the most vulnerable” for allowing abortions past 20 weeks” gestation.
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.
To which the congressman allegedly texted back:
I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.
Murphy enjoys a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. He has voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He has also supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!