It's no secret that the GOP and its members are staunch and strident right-to-lifers and bible thumpers. Accordingly, when one of the GOP's prominent members is shown to be an utter hypocrite about either matter, it's a big deal. Last week, Republican Rep. Tim Murphy (first seated in 2003) -- a Representative who's received accolades from the Family Research Council for abortion and family values positions, a man who's been endorsed by LifePAC, which opposes abortion rights, and who is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, an affiliation that is often cited by his office -- bid his mistress (he has a wife too) to get an abortion. Murphy's mistress, Shannon Edwards, wrote: "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." Source Really?!!? Just how hypocritical on abortion can one be? Not more than that. Murphy's hypocrisy on this reeks of elitism as much as it does hypocrisy.  While he and his mistress are adequately comfortable, thus paying for an abortion is not a hardship (his mistress is the former wife of doctor and she has a private psychology practice), the man has routinely opposed measures that in one way or another aimed to make safely obtaining the procedure more accessible to individuals of lesser means. Supplemental Note: I don't have a general problem with wealth-based elitism. It doesn't bother me at all when exercised on an individual basis by an individual. I have a problem with governmentally codified elitism whereby one set of life-course opportunities is made available to elites and not to others, or whereby one set of life-course opportunities is, in effect, denied to population segments who are not sufficiently wealthy.