Pro-life congressman reportedly asked girlfriend to get an abortion

FILE – In this April 1, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra about safety defects and the recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the newspaper obtained text messages suggesting Murphy asked a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair, Shannon Edwards, to have an abortion when he thought she might be pregnant. Edwards, it turned out, wasn't pregnant. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Tim Murphy, seen here in 2014, admitted to an affair with a woman who claims he asked her to 'abort our child' when she believed she was pregnant.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

An anti-abortion congressman asked his mistress to have an abortion when he thought she might be pregnant, according to a report this week. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said it obtained text messages between  Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and Shannon Edwards, the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.


In a Jan. 25 text message, Edwards said Murphy had "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," according to the paper.

"I've never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced," Murphy's number replied, blaming his staff for his anti-abortion messages. "I told staff don't write any more."

Ultimately, Edwards was not pregnant. 

Murphy's spokeswoman had no comment on the report.

The revelation came as the House on Tuesday approved Republican legislation that would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development. Murphy, who is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, was among the bill's co-sponsors. 

The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to kill the measure. 

Murphy recently acknowledged his affair with Edwards, which became public as a result of her divorce proceedings.

He is serving his eighth term representing a district in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.