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Lawmaker silent amid apology demand for abortion remarks


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska lawmaker who set off a firestorm by suggesting women try to get pregnant for a “free trip to the city” for abortions is a military veteran and first-year representative who has developed a reputation for being outspoken in his conservative beliefs.

Rep. David Eastman, a Republican from Wasilla, is a firefighter and father of two young children.

Eastman found himself in the hot seat last week when he discussed his concerns about the use of state funds and Medicaid for abortions. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said there are not many places...

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