Conspiracy Theory

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Alaskan state Representative David Eastman (R) has a theory about poor women, pregnancy, Medicaid funding, and abortion.

According to Eastman, women in his state intentionally become pregnant, or carry their pregnancies longer they they normally would, so they can take a tax-payer funded vacation to Seattle for an abortion.

Eastman said Medicaid funding for travel for health care provides an incentive to become pregnant and have an abortion.

“I can think of a case that was brought to our attention earlier this session where you had a family who was very glad to hear that their abortion had gone beyond a certain point, because they were going to be heading to Seattle,” Eastman said. [...]

“You have individuals who are in villages and are glad to be pregnant, so that they can have an abortion because there’s a free trip to Anchorage involved,” Eastman said.

Imagine thinking this is a smart take.

You see, the problem is Alaskan politicians like Eastman instituted restrictions on abortion that necessitate traveling to other locations for certain procedures. Eastman is, in effect, blaming women for acting within the restrictions the state has imposed on them. And he's not just blaming them, he's saying it's a conspiracy.

Meanwhile, blink and you might miss Eastman's subtlety racist nod toward "individuals who are in villages" who are overwhelmingly indigenous people. This is the Alaskan equivalent of accusing black and Hispanic Americans of taking advantage of similar services in the lower 48 states.

Eastman represents the city of Wasilla. No word on whether he can also see Russia from his house.

  • Clearly the only thing Eastman can see from where his head is positioned is his colon.

  • muselet

    Eastman made his remarks after working to amend a resolution to proclaim next April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Eastman’s amendment inserted a statement that abortion is the “ultimate form of child abuse.”

    Because of course he did.

    When David Eastman gets pregnant, his opinion may be worth something.


    • Convenient for him to forget that indigenous women are the victims of sexual assault at a FAR higher rate than any other group of women. 56% have experienced sexual violence and 90% of them have been the victims of violence at the hands of non-tribal members, i.e., white men, because the men know they historically have not been prosecuted by the Feds due to a legal loophole. Eastman can seriously go f*ck himself.

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    Good God these people are idiots.

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    Holy…f*ck. They really do not like women.