‘Pro-Life’ Congressman Resigns After Suggesting Mistress Have an Abortion

There’s a common saying among abortion activists that the “pro-life” movement only believes in abortion in three cases: “rape, incest, and mine.” Once again we learn that is indeed the case as another anti-abortion politician has been caught urging a mistress to consider ending her pregnancy.

This week, while the U.S. House of Representatives was busy debating a ban on abortions after 22 weeks gestation – a ban that would impact those who struggled to be able to obtain an abortion or who had fetuses with severe health issues – we learned that Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy had spent the days surrounding the annual March for Life urging his mistress to get an abortion.

According to text messages obtained by Pittsburgh Post Gazette, his former lover wrote, “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,” during their pregnancy scare.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the exchange, however, is where the Congressman admits that he frankly doesn’t care about abortion much at all, but that it is political posturing for his party. “I get what you say about my March for life messages,” he texted back. “I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”

Rep. Murphy – a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus – isn’t alone in presenting an anti-abortion face to the public while secretly supporting it for his own needs when an unwanted pregnancy arises. Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais was hit by the same scandal during his 2012 reelection campaign for Congress, in his case urging both his then wife and also a lover (who was also his patient) to have abortions. Not only did it blow over, DesJarlais is now praised for his “100% prolife voting record” while in office.

Perhaps the Onion puts it best in its recent headline, “New Bill Would Limit Abortion To Cases Where Procedure Necessary To Save Promising Political Career.” “‘This bill amends the federal criminal code to redesignate abortion as illegal except in extraordinarily rare cases where a politician’s future as an elected representative is in jeopardy,’ read a joint statement from the House GOP,” the satire site writes in one of the most sadly true parodies yet.

In an attempt to see if he could ride out the scandal, Rep. Murphy first announced that he would step down at the end of his term, allowing the GOP to run someone else for his district seat come 2018. “After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term,” he wrote in a statement according to NPR. He added: “In the coming weeks I will take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing. I ask you to respect our privacy during this time.”

But now the Congressman has realized his actions -  admittedly breaking up a marriage, having an affair with a married woman thirty years younger than him who contacted him in order to volunteer to work on a mental health bill he was sponsoring – is too much for even the GOP to wash over, especially while they have a majority in both branches of Congress.

“Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania will resign from his position, effective October 21, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced in a statement Thursday,” CNN reports. “‘This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy,’ Ryan said in the statement. ‘It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer.’”

Murphy may be leaving, but there is no doubt that there are other Republicans with similar scandals lurking behind their “family values” veneers. Murphy may be the latest to expose the rampant conservative hypocrisy, but he’s unlikely to be the last.

Photo credit: Tim Murphy, via Wikimedia Commons


Marigold A
Past Member 27 days ago

Thank you for posting. This was very important in my day. Not.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 months ago

Just another case of do as I say, not as I do. Hypocrites, they are on both sides.

Joette B
Joette B3 months ago

What an ass

S M3 months ago

Reality camme to him eh, when cornered by life’s decisions!

Reality came to him when he doubly a,moral with a mistres and that mistress married. Did he think. That by an abortion his tracks of amorality and unfair for public office would be hidden?!

I am not against abortion, just against a man having the impertinence and amorality to use to avoid his sex life’s responsibilities.

Philip W
Philip W3 months ago

Yes, they are hypocrites and no it is not surprising: "A Christian research group has released the findings of a national survey containing a startling revelation: 70 percent of women who have abortions in the U.S. are Christians, and 23 percent of those women identify as Evangelical Christians."


The Truth About Christianity And Abortion
For hundreds of years Christians weren’t concerned about abortion. What changed?


Regus S
Regus Slantei3 months ago

The [R] party is chock-full of hypocrites. You see it in the insipid comments proudly posted by [R] monkey holes here on these Care2 threads. You hear it daily from the many regular-citizen monkey holes who have no qualms in advertising their sophomoric intellect and morals in public. And it is a central theme for the [R] candidates who these same citizen monkey holes vote into Congress.

Congressman Murphy was merely living the [R] dream: do what I say, not what I do. Surely no one is really surprised.

Winn A
Winn A3 months ago

What a morally bankrupt jerk. Karma is a real bitch.

Winn A
Winn A3 months ago


Ciaron Drain
Ciaron Drain3 months ago

It is the whole thing about pro-life politicians is that they are not to be confused with consistent life ethic, which actually makes sense. Thee internal justification for this is a kind of ethical calculus: if I have one abortion but prevent three, the result is two less abortions, therefore I'm a net good person. Sort of like a firefighter whose hobby is arson, or a police officer that robs houses on the side. This tends to lead to people being even more vehemently anti-abortion, as they need to convince others not to have an abortion in order to compensate for their own. Of course hypocrisy is a very good term for this.

Danuta W
Danuta W3 months ago

thanks for sharing