Herschel Walker Urged Another Abortion, Says Ex-Girlfriend

Campaign provides texts between the woman and the candidate's wife
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2022 5:40 PM CDT
Herschel Walker Urged Another Abortion, Says Ex-Girlfriend
Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker speaks Thursday in Wadley.   (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

A woman who has said Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker paid for her abortion in 2009 has added that he wanted her to have another two years later, which she said she refused, ending their relationship. Walker's former girlfriend, who does not want to be identified publicly to protect her son, was interviewed by the New York Times. She said she wants voters to know how Walker treated her, after being upset by seeing Republicans praise the former football star, who says he opposes abortion in all cases, while being dismissive of her. In a radio interview on Thursday, Walker described her as "some alleged woman." Their son is now 10.

"As a father, he’s done nothing," she said. "He does exactly what the courts say, and that's it." She added that Walker "has to be held responsible, just like the rest of us. And if you're going to run for office, you need to own your life." Walker has provided child support as ordered by a court, she said, and the occasional gift. The Times reported that it corroborated her account through court custody records. Walker has denied the woman's account and blamed the news media and Democrats for it surfacing. "I know nothing about any woman having an abortion," he said Thursday.

On Friday, Walker said he learned the woman's identity when she exchanged text messages with his wife, Julie. He told NBC News that it was the first he heard of his ex-girlfriend having had an abortion. "Did you know Herschel paid for my abortion the first time?" she reportedly texted to Julie Walker. "This message makes me incredibly sad," Julia Walker texted in response. "You know I have continually tried to bridge a better relationship between you and Herschel putting [the child] first." Walker's campaign provided the texts, all sent this year, to NBC. (Read more Herschel Walker stories.)

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