As of Wednesday, two women have now come forward claiming Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker forced them to have an abortion and assisted in the process of accessing reproductive health care. Identified as Jane Doe, the second allegation was announced Wednesday by attorney Gloria Allred. According to Allred, the woman was in a romantic relationship with Walker and has evidence that Walker knew of her pregnancy and plans to terminate it.
The woman also alleges that Walker drove her to the clinic to abort her pregnancy. While the woman plans to remain anonymous, she will share evidence to support her claims, Allred said.
"All evidence in support of her romance with Mr. Walker will be revealed at the press conference," Allred said. Allred has represented numerous victims of sexual misconduct and assault.
During the news conference, the woman, identified as Jane Doe, said Walter "pressured" her into getting an abortion after she learned she was pregnant in April 1993, Axios reported. "I was devastated because I felt that I had been pressured into having an abortion,” she said.
While the incident was years ago, she noted that she was motivated to come forward after seeing Walker deny allegations by other women and publicly claim to be “pro-life.”
"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 noted that while she is not politically motivated, she has chosen to stay anonymous due to “fear of reprisals.”
Per Doe’s recollection, she and Walter began dating in the ‘80s, while he was a football player 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.”
She continued: ”He then drove me to get medications and supplies as prescribed and then drove me home."
Walker has been very open and loud about his anti-abortion policies, yet earlier this month, the Daily Beast reported a woman’s claims that Walker paid for her abortion and then sent her a get-well card in 2019. That claim, which arose only two weeks ago, has impacted Walker’s campaign.
While Walker claimed he did not know the woman, she is allegedly the mother of one of his children, the Daily Beast reported. The woman even had a receipt from an abortion clinic with a check signed by Walker.
Following that allegation, Walker’s son Christian, in a series of social media posts, accused his father of lying about his past and potentially having several neglected children across the country.
Yet Walker continues to deny all claims thrown at him, and even held a press conference prior to Allred’s release of information on the second allegation.
“Now the Democrats are doing and saying anything they can to win this seat," Walker said Wednesday, prior to Allred’s press conference. "But I want them to know they don’t know Hershel Walker. … I told them when I got in this race, ‘I’m gonna win.’ They now see that I am gonna win.”
According to The Guardian, Walker has previously said he is in favor of a total abortion ban. However, on the debate stage earlier this month, he tried to deny being in favor of an outright ban and has consistently changed positions on how strict of a ban he favors.
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