By Julia Ordaz
Herschel Walker, former American football running back, has found himself in a scandal amidst his run for Georgia Senator. Herschel, who is very anti-abortion, has had a woman come forward and claim that he paid for her abortion back in 2009, and encouraged a second one when she became pregnant again in 2011.
The woman, whose identity remains protected, provided a receipt from the abortion clinic, a “get well” card and $700 check both signed by Walker. The card reads, “Pray you are feeling better, H.” The Daily Beast, who first released the story, claims that the woman has also provided evidence of a relationship, and has talked to one of her friends who “took care of her in the days after the procedure.”
Walker first denied knowing who the woman was, but shortly after confirmed her as his ex-girlfriend. He has also denied giving her money for an abortion, but has said in an interview with NBC that it’s possible that he’s sent her money with, “I don’t remember any card or check or anything. But I was dating her. I could have sent some money. I could have sent a card.” The Walker campaign has since released text messages between the woman and Walker’s wife, Julie Walker. The texts date back to May 2022, confirming that Walker’s family had already known about her.
He maintains that he had no knowledge of any abortions in the same interview with NBC. “I’m not saying she did or didn’t have one [an abortion]. I’m saying I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know.”
Throughout his campaign Walker has not wavered in his anti-abortion stance. He supports a total ban and has said, “There’s no exception in my mind…Like I say, I believe in life. I believe in life.” There is a staunch line between his supporters and opposers. His supporters, like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, are denying any wrongdoing. In a tweet, Graham has said, “He [Walker] has adamantly denied these allegations and he will be the next Senator from Georgia because people are going to vote for what is best for their family. The good people of Georgia are going to reject the radical agenda of President Biden and Senator Warnock.”
His opposers, including his Conservative son Christian Walker, are labeling him a hypocrite. In an online rant Christian writes, “I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some ‘moral, Christian, upright man.’ You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other people’s lives. How dare you.”
The controversy comes just as voters are preparing to cast their votes on November 8th, 2022. According to poll analysis site FiveThirtyEight, Walker’s Democratic opponent Raphael Warnock is 3.9% ahead of Walker in the Georgia Senate race. The close race has not provided enough evidence to indicate a clear winner yet.