An abortion group launched a fundraiser Wednesday off of a pro-life Republican congressman’s reported attempt to get his pregnant mistress to have an abortion.
NARAL Pro-Choice, a women’s rights advocacy organization, sent out an email asking supporters to donate $15 to sponsor a billboard calling out Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy’s hypocrisy over abortion. Murphy, a Republican congressman who reportedly urged his mistress to abort their child, recently co-sponsored a bill calling for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
“One of these Congressmen was the bill’s co-sponsor, Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, who has voted 18 times to ban abortion while in office. And just a day earlier, it had been revealed that Murphy had urged his mistress to get an abortion herself,” Sasha Bruce, NARAL Pro-Choice’s senior vice president, wrote Wednesday in an email blast. “Rep. Murphy is hoping that his outrageous hypocrisy will fly under the radar, but NARAL Pro-Choice America is not going to let that happen.”
Reports came out this week that Murphy — who previously admitted to having an extra-marital affair — asked his mistress to get an abortion, according to text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After the media reports surfaced on Tuesday, Murphy announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
The pro-choice advocacy group plans to take donations and use the money to fund a billboard to place in Murphy’s home district so all of his constituents would know about his hypocrisy.
“But now we know that what Rep. Murphy really wants is to control women’s bodies, just like the 236 other Congressmen who voted for this terrible bill,” the fundraising email sent Wednesday said. “To these House members, women’s rights are nothing more than an inconvenience that can be invoked or dispensed with at will, and we will not stand for it. We are going to reach out to their constituents and let them know how their representatives played politics with women’s lives. ”
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