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Congressman who reportedly urged mistress to have abortion won't seek reelection

Rep. Tim Murphy in 2015. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
Rep. Tim Murphy in 2015. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Rep. Tim Murphy has announced he will not seek reelection after reports surfaced indicating the publicly pro-life politician had urged his mistress to have an abortion during what turned out to be a pregnancy scare.

In a statement, the Pennsylvania Republican said he would retire from Congress and "take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties," the Associated Press reported. Murphy is serving his eighth term.

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Shannon Edwards, with whom Murphy was having an affair, told him, "you have zero issue posting you 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."

On the same day the text messages were reported, Murphy voted yes on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. The messages came to light after Edwards' husband filed for divorce.

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