Second woman alleges Georgia Senate candidate paid for abortion

Herschel Walker on the podium

Herschel Walker in Macon, Ga., October 20. Photo: Jessica McGowan / Getty Images

A second woman alleged that Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate in the Georgia Senate race, paid for her abortion.

big picture: Walker has taken a strong anti-abortion stance in the hotly contested Senate race during this year’s midterm election cycle, and has denied both charges against him.

Running news: The woman, identified by attorney Gloria Allred as “Jane Doe,” said during a press conference Wednesday that Walker “pressured” her into having an abortion after he learned she was pregnant in April 1993.

  • “I was devastated because I felt that I was being pressured to have an abortion.”
  • The woman said she was motivated to come forward because she saw Walker denying another woman’s accusation that she paid for an abortion.
  • “In particular, I saw him stating that the woman’s claim was not true because she never signed the card with the letter ‘H,'” Doe said.
  • “I know it’s not true because he often signs his letters to me with an ‘H.'”
  • He said he preferred to remain anonymous for “fear of revenge” against himself, his family and his livelihood.
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Details: Doe said he had begun an intimate relationship with Walker in the late 80s in Dallas when he played football for the Cowboys.

  • “After discussing the pregnancy with Herschel several times, he encouraged me to have an abortion and offered me money to do so,” Doe said.
  • “I went to a clinic in Dallas, but I just couldn’t get through it. I left the clinic in tears. When I told Herschel what happened, he was upset and said that he was going back with me. The next day for me to have an abortion. He then drove me to the clinic in the morning and waited for hours in the parking lot until I got out.”
  • “He then encouraged me to take the medication and supplies as prescribed and then I took them home.”
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Notes: Doe, who said he is a registered independent and voted for former President Trump in 2016 and 2020, said, “I don’t believe Herschel is morally qualified to be a U.S. senator.”

What he said: Walker denied the latest allegations, accusing Democrats of “doing and saying whatever they can to win this seat.”

  • “I’ve told these people lies, and I’m not going to entertain, keep lying,” Walker said at a campaign stop Wednesday.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who was in Georgia with Walker on Wednesday, was also fired again. He compared the allegations to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, during which Christine Blasey Ford testified that he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.
  • “I’ve seen this movie before people,” the Republican lawmaker said.

The other side: After the first abortion allegations, the campaign of Democratic opponent Walker Sen. Raphael Warnock remained silent. But Warnock’s camp has increasingly pointed to Walker’s past as evidence of why he is not fit to be a senator.

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Quick quick: The first allegation, from the mother of one of Walker’s children, included a receipt from an abortion clinic and a check signed by Walker. Walker has told NBC News that he gave a $700 check to a former partner in 2009, but he has denied allegations that the money was used to pay for an abortion.

  • After the first reports, Walker’s son Christian accused his father of lying about his past in several social media posts.
  • A number of prominent Republicans, including Trump, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee doubled down on their support for Walker after the first allegations.

Editor’s Note: This story and headline have been updated with additional details and to indicate that Doe claimed Walker paid for her abortion.

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