Text messages between the wife of Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker and the mother of one of his children show that Walker pressured the woman into having a second abortion 13 years ago.
Text exchanges released by the Daily Beast between Walker’s wife, Julie Blanchard, and the woman revealed that after successfully forcing the woman to have an abortion in 2009, Walker used the tactic again in 2011.
The International Business Times is not naming the woman for privacy reasons.
The woman had previously claimed that Walker paid for the 2009 abortion, providing The New York Times with a $575 receipt from an Atlanta women’s clinic, a $700 check she claims Walker provided and a “get well” card “. she says it was also from her estranged partner, signed “H”.
The text exchange reveals new details about the relationship between Walker, the woman and the 10-year-old child they share together.
“He brought all of this on himself when he decided to get on a platform, denounce abortion and make fun of his children who have done NOTHING to deserve this,” the woman said in a message to Blanchard.
“Did you know Herschel paid for my abortion the first time? Or that he told me it wasn’t the “right time” to do it [her current child],” the woman said after Blanchard started the texting.
In response, Blanchard tried to put the woman down, citing how she was a bridge between the two sides, as Walker rarely communicates directly with the mother of his child.
“This message saddens me beyond belief. You know I am constantly trying to bridge a better relationship between you and Herschel. [the child] first,” replied Blanchard.
The woman claims Walker hasn’t seen their son in six and a half years and has only met the child three times since his birth in 2012.
Walker has categorically denied the claims, calling them a “pure” lie and the work of his political opponents. He has questioned the legitimacy of the materials provided by the woman, as well as claiming to Fox News that she sends money to “a lot of people.”
Walker, who faces Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in November, supports abortion bans without exceptions.
Walker, 60, a former NFL player, has never held a public-sector position. His candidacy has faced increasing scrutiny over numerous allegations and he has admitted to suffering from mental illness.
The Senate race has garnered increased national attention for the upcoming midterm elections. Warnock is leading in most polls.