Updated Oct 27, 2022 - Politics & Policy

A second woman alleges Herschel Walker paid for her abortion

Herschel Walker at a podium

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

A second woman has alleged that Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, paid for her abortion.

The 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 allegations against him.

Driving the news: The woman, who was identified by attorney Gloria Allred as "Jane Doe," during a news conference Wednesday claimed Walker had "pressured" her into getting an abortion after she learned she was pregnant in April 1993.

  • "I was devastated because I felt that I had been pressured into having 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.
  • "Particularly, I saw him state that the woman's claims were not true because he never signed any cards using the letter 'H,'" Doe said.
  • "I knew that was not true because he had often signed letters to me using 'H.'"
  • She said she preferred to remain anonymous for “fear of reprisals” against herself, her family and her livelihood.

Details: Doe said she had begun an intimate 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 simply couldn't go through with it. I left the clinic in tears. When I told Herschel what had happened, he was upset and said that he was going to go back with me to the clinic the next day for me to have the abortion. He then drove me to the clinic the following day and waited for hours in the parking lot until I came out."
  • "He then drove me to get medications and supplies as prescribed and then drove me home."

Of note: Doe, who said she is a registered independent and voted for former President Trump in 2016 and 2020, said, "I do not believe that Herschel is morally fit to be a U.S. senator."

What he's saying: Walker has denied the latest allegation, accusing Democrats of "doing and saying anything they can to win this seat."

  • "I’ve already told people this is a lie, and I’m not going to entertain, continue to carry a lie along,” Walker said at a Wednesday campaign stop.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who was in Georgia with Walker on Wednesday, also fired back. 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 folks," the Republican lawmaker said.

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

Catch up quick: 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 has told NBC News that he gave a $700 check to a former partner in 2009, but he denied allegations that the money was used to pay for an abortion.

  • Following the first report, Walker's son Christian accused his father of lying about his past in multiple 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 allegation.

Editor's note: This story and headline have been updated with additional details and to reflect that Doe alleged Walker paid for her abortion.

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