Thanks to a text message exchange the Pittsburg-Post Gazette obtained, we know that staunch anti-abortion Rep. Tim Murphy is more or less a fraud, having told his mistress to terminate their child.
In January, Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh who had an extramarital affair with Murphy, sent him a text after his office's public Facebook account posted an anti-abortion message. The two were reportedly dealing with a pregnancy scare.
"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," she said to Murphy.
Murphy justified the abortion backsliding by placing blame on his staff (because they don't work for him or anything). "I get what you say about my March for life messages," he told Edwards. "I've never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don't write any more. I will."
But Facebook wasn't the only place Murphy promoted his pro-life beliefs. In early 2016, he sent out a couple tweets in support of #WhyWeMarch, the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C.
— Rep. Tim Murphy (@RepTimMurphy) January 17, 2016
Then, when someone specifically thanked Murphy for "supporting," Murphy responded:
— Rep. Tim Murphy (@RepTimMurphy) January 22, 2016
Perhaps he didn't mean "every life" in a literal way?
Even after the text exchange where Murphy promised to write his own messages on abortion, or at least make sure his staffers got his stance correct, he released this statement on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act:
"I am so proud the House passed this important bill to clearly stand for the dignity and value of all human life, both the born and the unborn," Murphy said. "Passage of H.R. 7 in the wake of the President’s executive action yesterday gives me great hope that moving forward, we will once again be a nation committed to honoring life from the moment of conception onward and ensuring American taxpayer dollars are never spent to end a life before it even begins."
Two days after the texts to Edwards, he reaffirmed this position in his e-newsletter. "I proudly sponsored and voted for this important bill to clearly stand for the dignity and value of all human life, both the born and the unborn," he said.
Murphy and his staff did not respond to the Pittsburg-Post Gazette for comment. Perhaps he is too busy trying to fish his feet out of his mouth.