Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, a Republican lawmaker accused of pressuring a lover to have an abortion, resigned from Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.
Murphy's resignation will be effective Oct. 21.
"This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy, effective October 21. It was Dr. Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer," Ryan said in a statement.
Murphy made an announcement Wednesday that he wouldn't seek re-election in the 2018 mid-terms, but intended to remain in Congress until the end of his term.
"After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election to Congress at the end of my current term," Murphy said in a statement. "I plan to spend my remaining months in office continuing my work as the national leader on mental healthcare reform, as well as issues affecting working families in southwestern Pennsylvania."
Murphy's resignation follows a report by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week detailing what it said were text messages between the congressman and a young woman. Murphy purportedly encouraged her to terminate a pregnancy.
The Post-Gazette reported the woman had been having an affair with Murphy, a staunch anti-abortion advocate.
During his time in Congress, Murphy supported anti-abortion legislation and was endorsed by LifePAC, which opposes abortion, the Post-Gazette reported. He is also a member of the House's Pro-Life Caucus.
Murphy, 65, who has represented western Pennsylvania's 18th District in the House since 2003, did not address the newspaper's report in his announcement.
"In the coming weeks I will take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing," he said. "I ask you to respect our privacy during this time."