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

A strong start
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

A huge oversight
… 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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