Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is being called a hypocrite after leaked information reveals he urged his mistress to get an abortion in January, even though he is a prominent anti-abortion supporter.
Murphy, who voted in favor of the House passing H.R. 36 (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act), has been endorsed by many “pro-life” organizations throughout his political career, like the Family Research Council.
In documents obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—where the initial affair story between him and Dr. Shannon Edwards broke—Murphy received a text from Edwards one day after posting his opinion on late-term abortions to his public Facebook account.
A reply from Murphy’s number that same day says, “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 representative has yet to make a statement on these documents, however various Twitter users are holding nothing back, especially since the news broke while H.R. 36 was on the House floor.
Tim Murphy believes abortion should be illegal except in rare cases of rape, incest or his mistress getting knocked up.— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 3, 2017
H.R. 36 would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with the exception of rape, incest, or a life-threatening situation to the mother. Anyone who chooses to perform an abortion after this time period would be penalized with a monetary fine or jail time.
With a vote of 237-189, including a vote from Murphy, the act passed the House on Tuesday.