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Tim Murphy shows how a pro-lifer can possibly be a pro-choicer in the right circumstance.
Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) is part of the House Pro-Life Caucus. He’s endorsed by LifePAC, a Political Action Committee which supports candidates against abortion rights. And Tim Murphy allegedly encouraged the woman he had an affair with to have an abortion.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fought in court to unseal records relating to Murphy and Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist engaged in divorce proceedings. The Post-Gazette won and reported the extramarital affair. Since then, the news publication has continued to report on Murphy – the most recent being a series of texts urging an abortion.
“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,” Edwards texted to Murphy after she thought she may be carrying his child.
Murphy later responded to Edwards’s accusations.
“I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”
The Pennsylvania Republican has a long history of pro-life policies. Ontheissues.org report’s Murphy’s platforms and policies from defunding Planned Parenthood, a leading provided for women’s health care, to voting for fetuses to receive protection under the 14th Amendment, meaning fetuses have Constitutional rights as humans at conception.
The Republican pro-lifer believes a fetus has rights, unless, of course, it’s his extramarital fetus. Then, it becomes a political liability.
Murphy perfectly exemplifies why pro-choice is always an option. He also shows why some women may choose institutions like Planned Parenthood for women’s health care needs.
Planned Parenthood is seen favorably in polls, despite Congress’s attempts to defund it because it provides safe abortions, among many, many other things. Ironically, it also provides contraceptives – something else Murphy could have received from Planned Parenthood. However, it was the controversial topic of abortion that Murphy caved his beliefs when it directly affected him. Murphy seems to be pro-life only when it suits him politically.
The assumption of pro-choice is that it’s often affiliated with pro-abortion, which is not an accurate representation. Pro-choice is pro-someone-else’s-decision-about-her-own-body. Pro-choice can be pro-life – it depends on the choice. But, it’s always a choice.
Thank you, Republicans Congressman Tim Murphy – you have exemplified why we all need pro-choice in America.