After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in July, abortion rights have become one of the most important campaign issues in every state. The ruling made more people sign up to vote and vote in elections all over the country, especially women. A recent CBS/YouGov poll found that likely Georgia voters who said the abortion issue is “very important” were more than twice as likely to support Warnock as Walker, 67 percent to 32 percent.
In this kind of situation, many Republicans running for office in close races have tried to play it safe so as not to turn off women voters.
Since Walker’s comments, abortion has been one of the most talked-about issues in Georgia. The famous football player from the University of Georgia has gotten a lot of attention from the media for his outspoken and absolute support of a total ban, both statewide and federally. He has said that the procedure is the same as murder many times, and he doesn’t support any exceptions, not even for rape, incest, or saving the mother’s life, which Walker has called “excuses.”
Walker told reporters in May, “There’s no way around it.” “Like I say, I believe in life. I have faith in life.”
Walker has also said that he has not recently changed his mind about abortion. Last month, he said that he has “always” been “for life.”
Two weeks ago, Walker went against the other Senate candidates when he said he would back Sen. Lindsey Graham’s 15-week federal ban (R-SC). Other candidates didn’t say anything about Graham’s plan, but Walker told Politico that he “WOULD” support such a bill if he were elected.
“Raphael Warnock wants to make it legal to kill babies right up until they are born. In a statement to Politico, Walker said, “We need to do better.” “I am proud to be a Christian who supports life, and I will always fight for our unborn children. I think the issue should be decided at the state level, but I WOULD support this policy.”
At a campaign event for Georgia farmers in July, Walker was asked if he thought November voters would remember the state’s recently passed ban.
The Gainesville Times says that Walker said, “People don’t care about that.” “People are worried about gas prices and food prices. That’s not even something they talk about. I’m not hearing anything like that.”
At another campaign stop four days earlier, Walker said, “There isn’t a national ban on abortion right now, and I think that’s a problem. I’m pro-life, and I’m not going to explain why.”
Even though this may turn off some voters, it has made him very popular with people who are against abortion. They see him as a champion for their cause.
“Herschel Walker will be an effective advocate for unborn babies and their mothers in Washington, and he has shown the passion and perseverance it takes to win the critically important Georgia Senate race,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, which backed Walker over his Republican primary opponents in April.
Walker has been married twice and is known to have four children from two different women. In July, The Daily Beast reported that Walker had lied to his own campaign staff when he said that two of these children didn’t exist. Walker had also kept these children from the public for years, even though he had spoken out against fatherless homes in the Black community.
Walker paid for the abortion in the same year that one of these children was born.
The next year, in 2010, Walker told Howard Stern on the radio that he had only ever slept with two women.
Walker says he is a true Christian, and he often uses his faith to explain why he is against abortion, even when he is campaigning.
“To say that it’s OK for a woman to kill her baby when God said, “Thou shalt not kill.” And I said, “You know, I can’t, I can’t square it,” Walker said at a conservative Christian values roundtable in August. “There’s no way around that.”