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Baby Born Clutching IUD? Free Abortion Vacations? Nope—but Such Urban Legends Are Very Useful to the Right

Titillating stories can be more persuasive than facts, and the anti-choice movement loves its nutty urban myths. Alaska state Rep. David Eastman, a Republican from Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, has some strange notions about why women obtain abortions. “We have folks who try to get pregnant in this state so that they can get a free trip to the city, and we have folks who want to carry their baby past the point of being able to have an abortion in this state so that they can have a free trip to Seattle,” Eastman told the Associated Press in an interview last week about his opposition to Medicaid coverage of abortion.
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