Anti-Abortion Rep. Who Urged Lover to Get Abortion Resigning

Tim Murphy has submitted his resignation, says Paul Ryan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2017 3:54 PM CDT
In this March 26, 2015, file photo, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murphy who was caught up in affair scandal, announces he plans to resign from Congress effective Oct....   (Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, caught up in tawdry revelations of an extramarital affair, is resigning from Congress. That's the word from House Speaker Paul Ryan, the AP reports. Murphy, an anti-abortion lawmaker, allegedly urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant. Ryan says Murphy has sent him a letter announcing his resignation, effective Oct. 21. Ryan says the decision was Murphy's but he supports "Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life."

Murphy is serving his eighth term representing a district in southwestern Pennsylvania, including parts of suburban Pittsburgh. The district is a safe Republican seat, with President Trump beating Hillary Clinton by a margin of three-to-two in last November's presidential election. (Read more abortion stories.)

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