Herschel Walker, the football legend who is now running for the Georgia Senate, says he wants to ban abortion outright, likening it to murder and claiming there should be “no exception” for rape, incest or mother’s life.
But the Republican nominee has backed at least one exception — for himself.
One woman, who asked not to be identified for privacy reasons, told The Daily Beast that he pushed her to have an abortion after she and Walker fathered a child during their relationship in 2009. The woman said she was through with the procedure and Walker reimbursed her.
She backed those claims with a $575 receipt from the abortion clinic, a Get Well Card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that included a picture of a $700 check signed by Walker.
The woman said there’s a $125 difference because she “parked” the cost of an abortion after Googling the procedure and adding expenses like travel and recovery expenses.
Additionally, The Daily Beast independently confirmed details of the woman’s claims with a close friend she told at the time, who the woman and friend said looked after her in the days following the procedure.
The woman said Walker, who was not married at the time, told her it would be more convenient to terminate the pregnancy and said it was “not the right time” for him to have a child. It was a sentiment she shared, but what she didn’t know was that Walker had an illegitimate child with another woman earlier that year.
When asked if Walker ever expressed regret for the decision, the woman said Walker never did. When asked why she came forward, the woman pointed to Walker’s uncompromising anti-abortion position.
“I just can’t take the hypocrisy anymore,” she said. “We all deserve better.”
After The Daily Beast reached out to the Walker campaign for comment, Robert Ingram, an attorney representing both the campaign and Walker himself, responded.
“This is a false story,” Ingram said in a phone call, adding that he based that conclusion on anonymous sources.
“All you want to do is run with stories to appeal to black conservatives,” he said. “They focus on Black Conservatives.”
Ingram asked The Daily Beast to reveal the woman’s identity, but we declined.
According to the $575 receipt, the abortion took place on September 12, 2009. And according to the Bank of America deposit receipt, Walker wrote the woman a check for $700 on September 17, 2009. The check was deposited two days later.
The woman, who also proved her romantic relationship with Walker, told The Daily Beast that he sent her the check in the “health card.”
The front of this card features a drawing of a steaming cup of tea and reads: “Rest, Relax…” The message continues on the inside of the card: “…Recover”.
The card is signed “Pray You’re Feeling Better” with an “H” in Walker’s signature autograph.
The woman, a registered Democrat who still communicates with Walker, said he did not tell her about his plan to run for the Senate prior to his August 2021 announcement. Since then, however, she has repeatedly asked one of Walker’s top deputies if she would be willing to vouch for his character, and only reached out to him in August of that year.
In a 40-minute phone call in June this year about one of his illegitimate children, The Daily Beast Walker repeatedly pressed whether he ever knowingly had an abortion with one of his former partners. After dodging the question several times, he finally said he didn’t.
Weeks later, at a campaign rally, a Democratic activist pretending to be a Walker supporter asked the same question, asking the NFL star if he had ever “sponsored” or “causing” anyone to have an abortion.
“No,” Walker replied twice, which the activist recorded Video.
Walker is entering one of the most important races in the country, and the result could determine which party controls the Senate. It’s also one of the closest races in the country, with recent polls showing Walker is just behind his Democratic opponent, incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock.
But Walker – who according to zu his ex-wife held a gun to her head and wanted to “blow my brains out” – constantly rocked by reports that he had lied about his past and covered up several love children. Still, the claim that he not only pressured a romantic partner to have an abortion, but actually paid for it, may be the most explosive revelation yet.
After the abolition of the Supreme Court Roe v. calf In July, abortion rights became a key campaign issue across the country. The ruling led to a rise in voter registration and voter turnout across the country, particularly among women. A recent CBS/YouGov poll found that likely Georgia voters who thought abortion was “very important” were more than twice as likely to support Warnock, 67 percent versus Walker’s 32 percent.
In such an environment, many Republicans, vying for mainstream support in tight races, have tried to play in the middle, hoping not to alienate voters.
Abortion has been the focus of attention in Georgia for months – thanks in large part to Walker’s own comments. The University of Georgia soccer icon has garnered media attention with her outspoken, absolutist position in support of a total ban, both statewide and federally. He has repeatedly likened the procedure to murder and doesn’t support exceptions, including for rape, incest, or mother’s life – examples Walker has fire as “excuses”.
“In my mind, there is no exception,” Walker told reporters in May. “Like I said, I believe in life. I believe in life.”
Walker has also said his anti-abortion position is not a recent shift, assert last month he was “always” “for life”.
Two weeks ago, Walker broke with fellow Senate candidates when he volunteered his support for a 15-week federal ban from Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC). Other candidates ducked the Graham proposal, but Walker told Politico that if elected he “WOULD” support such a bill.
“Raphael Warnock wants to protect the killing of babies until birth. We have to do better,” Walker said in a statement to Politico. “I am a proud pro-life Christian and will always stand up for our unborn children. I believe the issue should be decided at the state level, but I WOULD support that policy.”
At a campaign rally for Georgia farmers in July, Walker was asked if he thought voters would keep the state’s recent ban in mind when they voted in November.
“People don’t worry about that,” Walker said loudly The Gainesville Times. “People are worried about the gas, they’re worried about the food. They don’t even talk about it. I don’t hear anything about that.”
Four days earlier, at another campaign stop, Walker said: “There is no national ban on abortion at this time and I think that’s a problem. I am pro-life and I will make no excuses for it.”
While that stance may lose some voters, it has endeared him to anti-abortion advocates who hold him up as a champion of the cause.
“Herschel Walker will be a most effective advocate for unborn babies and their mothers in Washington, and he has demonstrated the passion and stamina required to win the all-important Georgia Senate race,” said Carol Tobias, the President by National Right to Life, whose group backed Walker over his main Republican opponents in April.
Walker has been married twice and has four known children, all from different mothers. The Daily Beast revealed in July that Walker had lied to his own campaign staff when he denied the existence of two of those children, whom Walker had also kept from the public eye for years despite speaking out against fatherless homes in the black community.
One of those children was born the same year Walker paid for the abortion.
The next year, 2010, Walker told radio host Howard Stern that he had only slept with two women in his life.
Walker claims he is a devout Christian, and he often invokes his faith to justify his anti-abortion position, including during an election campaign.
“To say it’s okay for a woman to kill her baby if [God] said, “Thou shalt not kill.” And I said, you know, I can’t, I can’t reconcile it,” Walker said at a conservative Christian values roundtable this August. “I can’t get past that.”
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