Report: Anti-abortion Pa. congressman asked girlfriend to get one

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 3, 2017 6:09 PM

(Pittsburgh) -- An anti-abortion western Pennsylvania congressman asked a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair to have an abortion when he thought she might be pregnant.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says it obtained text messages between Republican CongressmanTim Murphy and Shannon Edwards. A January 25 text message from Edwards that says the congressman had "zero issue" promoting his "pro-life stance" despite asking her to "abort our unborn child just last week."

Edwards, it turned out, wasn't pregnant.

Murphy recently acknowledged the affair, which became public as a result of Edwards' divorce proceedings. His spokeswoman had no comment on the latest report.

He is co-sponsoring a bill that would outlaw most late-term abortions. House Republicans are pushing it toward passage Tuesday.

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