A Republican representative who supports anti-abortion legislation reportedly asked a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion.
The revelation emerged in a text message between Rep. Tim Murphy and Shannon Edwards reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The exchange of messages was triggered on Jan. 24, 2017, by a post on Murphy's Facebook page.
"The United States is one of just seven countries worldwide that permits elective abortion more than halfway through pregnancy (beyond 20 weeks)," Murphy wrote. "It is a tragic shame that America is leading the world in discarding and disregarding the most vulnerable."
Murphy added that he hoped "we will once again be a nation committed to honoring life from the moment of conception and ensuring American taxpayer dollars are never spent to end a life before it even begins."
Edwards wrote to Murphy soon afterwards.
"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 wrote.
Murphy responded: "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 Post-Gazette also published a previous email between Murphy and Edwards in which he described his marriage as troubled.
"I was not looking for a relationship with anyone," he wrote of his initial meeting with Edwards. "But we formed a true bond. It grew deep and fast. It became love. It became in love."
Another document reported by the Post-Gazette was a memo by Murphy's chief of staff, Susan Mosychuk, reviewing what she described as an "ongoing and ever more pronounced pattern of sustained inappropriate behavior" by Murphy.
"You were storming around as we walked in, and as we sat down for prep -- having just arrived literally moments ago -- you started in on the [legislative director] and verbally abused him, harassed him, chastised him and criticized all his work products," Mosychuk wrote of one meeting. "You called many of the work products that he literally gave up his weekend to produce as 'useless.' You pushed other documents off the table onto the floor because they weren't what you wanted. Then you got angry and demanded we find the documents that you had just thrown on the ground."
Murphy is a supporter of the legislation passed by the House on Oct. 3 which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act passed by 237 votes to 189.
The initiative enjoys the backing of the White House.
"The administration strongly supports H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protection," a White House statement declared, according to CNN.