John Edwards Accused in New Book of Wanting Mistress to Have Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 28, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

John Edwards Accused in New Book of Wanting Mistress to Have Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 28
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards sounded the death knell on his own political career when he was caught in an affair. Now the former North Carolina senator stands accused in a new book of wanting his mistress to have an abortion.

The new allegations add insult to injury over someone who could have become president and was the running mate for 2004 pro-abortion presidential hopeful John Kerry.

Andrew Young’s forthcoming tell-all book about Edwards was profiled in a new Wall St. Journal article, and though the tome isn’t officially on sale until next week it contains one explosive zinger.

The book tells how Edwards tried to cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter.

As WSJ notes, "According to Young, Hunter called him in May 2007 to say she was pregnant. Young says that when he informed Edwards, the senator told him to ‘handle it,’ to which he replied: ‘I can’t handle this one.’"

Young writes that Edward unloaded on Hunter and said he wanted help in persuading her to have an abortion.

Hunter reportedly rejected the overture saying she wanted to have the baby, who would be a world hero she thought because she believes in reincarnation.

Former Edwards’ aide Andrew Young, also tells ABC News that he has a video showing Hunter’s pregnancy.

He also told ABC News how Edwards, in May 2007, tried to convince Hunter to have an abortion.

"The senator tried to convince her to have an abortion. … He tried to convince me to convince Rielle to have an abortion," Young said.

"She [Hunter] asked me if I were in her shoes what would I do. And if I said, ‘I’m pro-choice, but after having had three kids, if you’re asking me what I would do, no, I would not do it,’" Young recalled.

Young said Edwards was upset that he had not convinced Hunter to have the abortion and then claimed he wasn’t sure if the child was his.

Young also recalled a May 2007 phone call.

"She said, ‘I need to talk to him right now,’ and started cursing and she threatened to go public if I didn’t put them together. I said, ‘well, either somebody’s died, or somebody’s pregnant.’ And she said, ‘Well, nobody’s died,’" Young said.

"He was cussing her out, calling her crazy … and saying that … she had sworn to him that she was physically unable to get pregnant. And that he just felt like he had been set up," Young told ABC News.

Young also said Edwards wanted to get a paternity test done.

"Get a doctor to fake the DNA results," Young said Edwards told him. "And he asked me … to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child."

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