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Embattled Pro-life Rep. Tim Murphy Resigns From Congress

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Embattled anti-abortion Republican Representative Tim Murphy is resigning from the US Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he received a letter of resignation effective October 21, from Murphy.

"It was Dr. Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it," Ryan said in a statement. The Speaker thanked the 64 year-old lawmaker for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer.

It comes a day after Murphy announced plans to retire at the end of his current term.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker, who is in his eighth term, said he will not seek re-election to Congress.

Murphy, who is married to Nanette Missig, recently admitted to having an extra-marital affair with his friend and forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards. The affair became public during Shannon's divorce proceedings with her husband.

In a statement he issued hours before the resignation, Murphy had said that he plans to spend the remaining months in office continuing his work as the national leader on mental health care reform, as well as issues affecting working families in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that it obtained text messages between Murphy and Shannon, in which the pro-life advocate asked his mistress, who was half his age, to terminate a pregnancy.

Interestingly, Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, and voted in favor of a Bill the US House of Representatives passed Tuesday, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

by RTT Staff Writer

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