PA Congressman Tim Murphy Resigns Amid Controversial Abortion-Related Comments

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), who recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018, announced on Thursday that he would resign from his post in the House of Representatives, effective October 21.

A statement released by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) broke the news:

Murphy found himself embroiled in a scandal as of recent involving his personal life. As the revelation of his having an extramarital affair came to light, it was also revealed that Murphy made untoward comments about the woman in question and an abortion, according to Politico.

The woman, a forensic psychologist named Shannon Edwards, approached Murphy during a pregnancy scare, to which he responded that he felt she should terminate the pregnancy, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“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,” Edwards said to Murphy in a text message exchange from January 25.

Murphy claimed that staffers wrote the March for Life messages that Edwards was referencing and that he would tell them to stop posting such content.

Ryan, for his part, said, per his statement, that he supports Murphy’s decision “to move on to the next chapter of his life.”

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