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Report That Herschel Walker Paid for Abortion Is Condemned by Candidate


ATLANTA — Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia and an avowed abortion opponent, paid for his then-girlfriend to have an abortion in 2009, in keeping with a report published Monday in The Each day Beast. Mr. Walker called the claim “a flat-out lie.”

The girl, who The Each day Beast said asked to stay anonymous out of privacy concerns, said that she and Mr. Walker had conceived the kid while the 2 were dating, and mutually agreed to not go ahead with the pregnancy. She said Mr. Walker, who was not married on the time, reimbursed her for the price of the procedure, the outlet reported.

As evidence, the lady provided a duplicate of a $700 check from Mr. Walker, a receipt from the abortion clinic and a “recover” card from Mr. Walker, The Each day Beast reported. The outlet published a photograph of the cardboard with what it said was Mr. Walker’s signature.

Mr. Walker quickly posted a press release on Twitter and threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against The Each day Beast on Tuesday morning. “I deny this within the strongest possible terms,” he said. “It’s disgusting, gutter politics.”

The event is the newest in a series of doubtless damaging reports about Mr. Walker’s personal life since he began his campaign for Senate in 2021. In June, The Each day Beast reported that Mr. Walker, who has criticized absentee fathers in Black households, had fathered a baby out of wedlock. Later that week, the outlet reported on two more children he had not previously mentioned publicly or to his campaign aides.

Mr. Walker has also been found to have exaggerated or misrepresented other parts of his life story: He claimed to have worked in law enforcement when he didn’t. He exaggerated the origins of a chicken business he founded. After founding a food distribution company, he claimed to donate a portion of his business earnings to charity but there may be little proof that the organizations received the funds.

Mr. Walker has made his opposition to abortion a cornerstone of his campaign message, saying repeatedly that he supports bans on the procedure with no exceptions for rape or incest. He has also endorsed laws recently proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, that institutes a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Mr. Graham’s bill does include exceptions for rape, incest or pregnancies that threaten the mother’s health.

“There’s no exceptions in my mind,” Mr. Walker told reporters in Macon, Ga., in May, days before the state’s G.O.P. Senate primary. “You never know what a baby goes to turn into.”

The Georgia Senate race is one of the closely watched within the country. Most polls show that the race between Mr. Walker and his Democratic opponent, Senator Raphael Warnock, is virtually tied. A spokeswoman for Mr. Warnock’s campaign declined to comment.

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