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Second woman repeats allegation that Walker pressured her to have an abortion

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A second woman who accused Georgia Republican senate nominee Herschel Walker of pressuring her to have an abortion on Tuesday criticized the former football player for denying her claims and called on him to take her in to meet publicly ahead of the second round on December 6.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, took part in a press conference with high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred and gave more details about what she says was a year-long affair with Walker that resulted in her pregnancy in 1993. The woman first came forward in late October after another of Walker’s former girlfriends accused him of pressuring her and paying for an abortion. Walker has denied allegations that he paid for abortions.

During a speech on Nov. 22, a woman identified as Jane Doe said Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker pressured her to have an abortion. (Video: The Washington Post)

The woman said she decided to speak out again and offer more evidence of their relationship after seeing Walker dismiss her allegations and suggesting he didn’t know who she might be. Her comments come two weeks before the Georgia runoff between Walker and Democratic Senator Raphael G. Warnock.

“Herschel, I never thought you would deny knowing me or our relationship,” she said at the press conference. “Are you really willing to do anything, including lying to voters in Georgia, to become a senator?

“Do you have the guts to meet me in public in person?” added the woman, who was visibly emotional and crying during the press conference. “Look me in the eye and tell me straight to the face that you don’t know me – and that nothing I just said is true. I look forward to your reply.” The woman said she would be willing to travel to Georgia to meet Walker.

Walker’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The abortion allegations have attracted much attention, as Walker has campaigned without exception as a staunch opponent of abortions. Last month, he tried to soften his stance during a debate with Warnock, saying he agrees with Georgia’s restrictive abortion law. which allows exceptions for rape, incest and to save the mother’s life. The law, which bans abortions from six weeks onwards, was overturned last week by a Fulton County Superior Court judge. The state of Georgia is appealing the ruling.

“I’m done with this foolishness. I’ve already told people this is a lie and I’m not going to laugh,” Walker told reporters late last month about the second woman’s allegations. He added, “I also want you to know that I didn’t kill JFK either.”

During Tuesday’s press conference, Allred and the woman shared audio recordings of Walker — one of an answering machine message and another of a phone conversation between the two. The woman read out a letter she said Walker had sent to her parents and a letter he had sent to her, saying, “I’m sorry I did all these things to you.”

Allred also read a signed statement from a friend who had confided in the prosecution that he had been impregnated by Walker.

In the statement, the friend said the woman had initially said she had a miscarriage. But the friend suspected it was an abortion because Walker, who was married to his first wife at the time, didn’t want the woman to continue with the pregnancy. The friend added that years later, the woman shared that Walker drove her to a clinic to have an abortion.

The Washington Post has not independently confirmed these allegations.

The woman did not appear in person at the first press conference in Los Angeles and spoke via Zoom. Days later, she showed her face in an interview with ABC News. On Tuesday, she attended the press conference in person but continued to refer to her as “Jane Doe,” citing concerns for her safety.

She shared that she first decided to come forward last month after watching Walker handle the first wife’s allegations that he pressured and paid for her to have an abortion. She said “I was going to take this to my grave” but decided to say something when she saw him say he never paid for an abortion and knew he was lying.

Asked if she hopes sharing her story will influence the outcome, the woman said: “I think it’s up to Georgia’s voters to decide who they want to represent and who they want to believe.”

Walker has denied paying for abortions in the past. The University of Georgia Heisman Trophy winner initially denied knowing who the first woman to accuse him was. The woman, who presented a receipt from an abortion clinic and a check signed by Walker, later came out and said she is the mother of one of his children. The woman told The Washington Post that she had to pressure Walker to pay for the abortion he wanted her to have. He has since admitted to sending her money, but says he doesn’t know it was for an abortion, as she claims.

Meanwhile, Georgia Honor, a group associated with the Senate Majority PAC, which is aligned with Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.), began airing new ads on Tuesday attacking Walker for his anti-abortion stance and the allegations of abortion. One of the ads includes an excerpt from an interview in which the woman told ABC News she “felt threatened and I thought I had no choice”.

A new poll, commissioned by AARP and released Tuesday, showed Warnock Walker leading, 51 percent to 47 percent, within the 4.4 percentage point margin of error.

Walker was scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday night in Powder Springs, Georgia, with Senator Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Republicans have tried to bolster Walker’s candidacy, citing the importance of the seat being flipped, even as Democrats have already secured control of the Senate with 50 seats and the casting vote of Vice President Harris if necessary.

Democrats are fighting to re-elect Warnock, who won the seat in a special 2021 runoff election, and extend their majority to 51. The senator, seeking a full six-year term, has become increasingly vocal in voicing from jokes to Walker about the abortion allegations.

“He wants a nationwide ban on abortion. He says he doesn’t support reproductive choice. He said no exceptions, which is a rather odd position for him to take,” Warnock said over the weekend at a gathering of Emory University students. He paused as the crowd applauded and added, “Yeah, that’s what I said.”

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