A US congressman who sponsored legislation criminalizing late-term abortion announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election next year, after a report revealed he urged his mistress to have an abortion.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that Murphy had resigned shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday. It was Dr. Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. "We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer".
The Post-Gazette reported that the woman had been having an affair with Murphy, a staunch anti-abortion advocate.
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Previously, Murphy said he would "take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties". Edwards later learned that she was not pregnant, according to the report.
On Wednesday, Tim Murphy said he would not seek re-election after his lover said he was a hypocrite for allegedly proposing she get an abortion during a pregnancy scare, a Pittsburgh newspaper reports.
He had originally planned to serve out the rest of his term and not seek re-election in 2018. To make this look even worse for Representative Murphy, he is a member of the House's Pro-Life Caucus, was one of the co-sponsors of the bill and he voted in favor of it. The outlet also published messages between Murphy and the woman, Shannon Edwards. "I ask you to respect our privacy during this time".
In the past the U.S. congressman has been applauded by the Family Research Council for his views on abortion.
"As I said [Wednesday] night, the circumstances surrounding this situation are extremely disappointing to me", National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Sinders said in a statement.
A lawmaker caught up in an abortion scandal, Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy has announced his retirement from the House at the end of his current term.