Abortion rights group calls Pa. GOP congressman a hypocrite on the issue

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 4, 2017 1:07 AM

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Undated) -- A pro-abortion rights group says a Pennsylvania anti-abortion Republican congressman accused of asking his mistress to get an abortion is a hypocrite.

NARAL Pro-Choice America says GOP Congressman Tim Murphy "tried to cover up an affair by invoking the same abortion rights he tries to deny to others."

It says Murphy "demonstrated the height of hypocrisy" Tuesday by voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says it obtained text messages between Murphy and mistress Shannon Edwards.

It reports a January text from Edwards says Murphy had "zero issue" promoting his "pro-life stance" despite asking her to have an abortion a week earlier.

A text from Murphy's number says his staff is responsible for his anti-abortion messages.

It turns out Edwards wasn't pregnant.

Murphy's spokeswoman has no comment.

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