Herschel Walker denies he paid for abortions, but still supports the ban

Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, is denying recent reports from the Daily Beast that he paid a former girlfriend to get an abortion — and that the woman is the mother of one of his children.

In an interview Thursday morning with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Walker repeated his denials of the Daily Beast’s reporting.

“I know it’s untrue. I know it’s untrue and they keep telling me stuff like that and it’s completely, totally untrue,” Walker said on the “Hugh Hewitt Show.” “And I’m not sure why that would be told. I don’t know anything about any woman getting an abortion. And they can keep coming at me like that, and they’re doing it because they want to distract people.”

In a confused response, Walker repeatedly brought up that he had already been forgiven. And although he has campaigned in support of a national abortion ban at 15 weeks’ gestation, Walker Hewitt suggested there would have been no shame in having the procedure.

“I hate to say that I’ve been born again, but I’ve been given a new life. And I’ve moved forward, and if it had happened, I would have said so, because that’s nothing to be ashamed of ,” Walker said. “You know, people have done it, but I don’t know anything about it. And if I knew about it, I would be honest and talk about it, but I don’t know anything about that.”

The Daily Beast reported Monday that Walker had paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009, and that the woman had provided proof of their relationship along with a “get well” card Walker had sent her after the procedure. After Walker publicly denied the story as a “flat-out lie” and said he didn’t know who the ex-boyfriend might be, the woman — whom the Daily Beast had kept anonymous — went back to the news outlet to say she was the mother of a of Walker’s children.

“Obviously I was shocked, but I guess it doesn’t shock me either that maybe there’s just so many of us that he really doesn’t remember,” she told the Daily Beast. “But then again, if he really forgot, that’s saying something too.”

The Washington Post has not been able to independently confirm the Daily Beast reports.

Herschel Walker, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, denied a report that he paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009 on Fox News on Oct. 3. (Video: Fox News)

“As I have already said, there is no truth to this or any other Daily Beast report,” Walker’s campaign said in a statement Wednesday night.

Roger Sollenberger, the Daily Beast reporter who broke the stories — as well as others earlier this year about “secret” children Walker fathered with women who weren’t his ex-wife — said the outlet stood by its reporting.

“Just want to point out that while Herschel Walker claims ‘there is no truth’ to ‘every’ Daily Beast report, he literally confirmed *both* of my Daily Beast reports about his secret children,” Sollenberger said in a series of Twitter posts. “He confirmed the reports himself and never asked for a correction … I mean, the campaign can just get him to get his bank statements and see for himself.”

Walker is challenging Democratic Sen. Raphael G. Warnock in one of the most watched Senate contests of the year. The outcome of the race, which polls show is competitive, is expected to help decide which party controls the Senate for the next two years.

Running for the Senate, Walker has campaigned as a staunch opponent of abortion rights. He have said he opposes abortion without any exceptions and has voiced support for a proposed national ban on the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Daily Beast’s latest reports also prompted one of Walker’s children, who previously supported his father, to publicly criticize Walker on social media.

On Monday evening, Christian Walker claimed in a video posted on Twitter that his father “threatened to kill us” and made him and his mother move six times in six months “to escape your violence”.

“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes responsibility,” Christian Walker tweeted. “But how DARE YOU LIE and act like you are a “moral, Christian, upright man.” You have lived a life of RUINING other people’s lives. How dare you.”

Annie Linskey and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed to this report.

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