Herschel Walker in Macon, Ga., on October 20. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
The second woman alleged that Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee in the Senate race in Georgia, paid for her abortion.
The big picture: Walker has taken a strong anti-abortion stance in the highly contested Senate race during this year’s midterm election cycle, and has denied both allegations against him.
Driving the news: The woman, identified by attorney Gloria Allred as “Jane Doe,” claimed during a news conference Wednesday that Walker “pressured” her into getting an abortion after she found out she was pregnant in April 1993.
- “I was devastated because I felt pressured to have an abortion.”
- The woman said she was motivated to come forward because she had seen Walker deny another woman’s allegations that he paid for her to have an abortion.
- “In particular, I saw him say that the woman’s claims were not true because he did not sign any cards using the letter ‘H,'” Doe said.
- “I knew that wasn’t true because he often signed letters to me using an ‘H.'”
- She said she preferred to remain anonymous because of “fear of reprisals” for herself, her family and her career.
Details: Doe said she began a close relationship with Walker in the late ’80s in Dallas while he was playing football for the Cowboys.
- “After discussing the pregnancy with Herschel several times, he encouraged me to have an abortion and gave me the money to do so,” Doe said.
- “I went to a clinic in Dallas, but I couldn’t go through with him. I left the clinic in tears. When I told Herschel what happened, he was upset and said he was going to back with me. the clinic the next day to get me the abortion. He then drove to the clinic the next day and waited hours in the parking lot until I came out.”
- “He then drove me to get medication and supplies as prescribed and then drove me home.”
Note: Doe, who said she is a registered independent and voted for former President Trump in 2016 and 2020, said, “I do not believe Herschel is morally fit to be a United States senator.”
What he is saying: Walker denied the latest allegation, accusing Democrats of “doing and saying anything to win this seat.”
- “I’ve already told people this is a lie, and I’m not going to entertain, continue to lie,” Walker said at a campaign stop on Wednesday.
- Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who was in Georgia with Walker on Wednesday, also fired back. He compared the allegations to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings at the Supreme Court, in which Christine Blasey Ford testified that he sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.
- “I have seen this film before people,” said the Republican lawmaker.
The other side: After the first abortion allegation, the campaign of Democratic opponent Walker Sen. Raphael Warnock is silent. But Warnock’s camp is increasingly pointing to Walker’s past as evidence of why he is unfit to be a senator.
Get up to speed: The first allegation, from the mother of one of Walker’s children, involved a receipt from an abortion clinic and a check signed by Walker. Walker told NBC News that he gave a $700 check to a former partner in 2009, but denied allegations that the money was used to pay for an abortion.
- After the first report, Walker’s son Christian accused his father of lying about his past in numerous posts on social media.
- Several prominent Republicans, including Trump, and the Republican National Committee doubled down on their support for Walker after the first allegation.
Editor’s Note: This story and headline have been updated with additional details and to reflect that Doe Walker allegedly had her abortion.