An anti-abortion US lawmaker will resign after a report this week that he asked his lover to seek a termination during a pregnancy scare.
Tim Murphy announced on Wednesday night he would not stand in next year's mid-term elections. But the Pennsylvania Republican has now said he will resign from the House of Representatives on 21 October.
His lover suggested he was a hypocrite when he allegedly proposed she seek an abortion. Only this week he voted for a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks.
House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed he had received Mr Murphy's letter of resignation on Thursday. "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," Mr Ryan said in a statement.