Tim Murphy, Outspoken Pro-Life Congressman, Urges Mistress to Get an Abortion

Tim Murphy, a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, is in the news this week because The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that he once urged his mistress to get an abortion.

This would be cause for scandal when it comes to nearly any politician.

But it’s especially noteworthy in this case because Murphy is one of D.C.’s most outspoken supporters of the pro-life movement.

Not only does Murphy possess a lengthy anti-abortion voting history, but he’s been praised praised by the Family Research Council for his stance on abortion.

He’s also been endorsed by LifePAC, which opposes abortion rights.

Moreover, the Congressman is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, an affiliation often cited by his office in press releases and on his website.

Oh, and also, there’s this:

Murphy is the co-sponsor on a bill passed by the House of Representatives this week that would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks.

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On January 25, however, a forensic psychologist named Shannon Edwards wrote the following text message to Murphy:

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.

Murphy has admitted to carrying on an extramarital affair with Edwards.

In response to the above message several months ago, Murphy wrote:

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.

The relationship between Murphy and Edwards was initially exposed as part of Edwards’ divorce from her husband, Dr. Jesse Sally, when he filed in July of last year.

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These damning text message exchanges were included among a series of documents obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The newspaper says it has tried to reach out to Murphy for a comment, but has not yet received a reply.

Murphy noted in a January 24 Facebook post that he hoped “we will once again be a nation committed to honoring life from the moment of conception and ensuring American taxpayer dollars are never spent to end a life before it even begins.”

As far as we know, no Republican members of Congress have spoken publicly about Murphy, either.

We’ll update this story with more information as news breaks.


Emmys In Memoriam Segment Snubs Charlie Murphy, Erin Moran and More; Twitter Rages

So the Emmy Awards happened last night, and lots of people had lots of feelings about it.

And many, if not most, of those feelings were extremely negative.

Lots of people were upset when Sterling K. Brown was played off the stage during his lovely acceptance speech — so many that the venue was filled with boos after it happened.

There was also the very odd choice to bring out Sean Spicer — the "joke" didn't land, to say the least.

Then there was the In Memoriam segment, the part of the show where everyone takes time to pay tribute to the people from the industry who are no longer with us.

It sounds nice, right?

But the people in charge over there at the Emmys truly dropped the ball with this one.

Huge stars like Charlie Murphy, Dick Gregory, Frank Vincent, Harry Dean Stanton, and Erin Moran weren't remembered during this special moment during the show.

And you know Twitter wasn't having that …

1. A Strong Start

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Viola David? Chris Jackson? Boy, this thing had all the ingredients to be a real tear-jerker, huh?

2. But Alas …

But alas
It just simply did not work out.

3. Common Knows

Common knows
In a nice way, Common called out the Emmys for ignoring Charlie Murphy and Dick Gregory.

4. A Huge Oversight

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… Because really, how are you going to do that to Charlie Murphy and Dick Gregory?

5. Not Erin Moran!

Not erin moran
Seriously, they forgot this lady, too. Such a disappointment.

6. Where’s the Lie?

Wheres the lie
Nothing against legends Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, obviously, but this person has an excellent point.

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Lesley Murphy: Bachelor Alum Shares Pics After Post-Mastectomy Boob Job

Lesley Murphy won fans when competing in Season 17 of The Bachelor, vying for Sean Lowe’s heart way back in 2013.

More recently, though, she made headlines for wisely getting a preventative double-mastectomy after finding out that her genetics put her at major risk of getting breast cancer.

And now, after weeks of preparation, she’s gotten implants and she’s sharing her tale with the world.

Her most recent photo shows her with her surgery happily behind her and she’s doing just fine.

In this Fourth of July photo, Lesley jokes that she’s been “stuffing her bra since the ’90s.”

Avoiding cancer before you ever get it is good.

Having a great sense of humor about it is great.

Just look at how cheerful she looks in this photo after receiving her breast implants:

You may recall that Lesley discovered that she has the BRCA 2 gene, which puts her at major risk for breast cancer.

A double-mastectomy is of course the best choice, but the fact that she’s sharing this with the world is so important.

We’ve read of worst-case scenarios when women face this decision after a breast cancer diagnosis.

One woman’s husband told her that he’d rather see her dead than without breasts.

Another woman expected her husband to pick her up from her mastectomy and he never showed.

When she eventually made her way home, she discovered that he had moved out while she was in the hospital.

(The world is awful, sorry)

So when Lesley Murphy shares her story, complete with photos, with the world, she’s working to reduce misunderstandings and to normalize the life-saving procedure for other women.

It’s even better when she walks followers through every step of the way.

That photo is of Lesley after her second post-op following the mastectomy surgery.

Part of preparing to receive implants meant getting pumped with gradually increasing volumes of saline.

She described the temporary expander implants as feeling like “boulders” as they brought her up from a flat chest to a C-cup.

But now she’s past all of that and her implant surgery went well.

“Happy with a 100% chance of swollen. Exchange surgery was a success and a huge difference from the double mastectomy surgery,”

It sounds like her experience was, while not perfect, very much a best-case scenario.

“After 3 hours I woke up and drank some ginger ale, saw my mom, discussed things with my sweet nurse and was wheeled out of my favorite hospital…where I felt like we hit every bump in the road on the way home. Ouuuuch.”

Yeah, that sounds all kinds of agonizing.

You don’t need to have ever had surgery or have boobs to understand that cars aren’t exactly the most comfortable place to be when you’re not feeling your best.

Honestly, if we’d had any kind of major surgery so recently, you wouldn’t catch us posing for photos for the Fourth of July.

You’d be lucky to catch us wearing anything more than a bathrobe.

A C-cup is a lot of progress since Lesley Murphy’s post-mastectomy photo, right?

Keep in mind, though, that if Lesley had wanted to keep her chest at that level, that would have been 100% fine.

Not everyone who gets a mastectomy can afford to get implants afterwards.

Not everyone who gets a mastectomy wants to get implants afterwards, for any of a whole host of reasons.

But by sharing her story like this, Lesley may make it easier for an unknowable number of women to get life-saving procedures in the future.

Boobs are awesome, but nobody should be dying to keep them.