Wasilla representative's comments a backward slide of racism, sexism

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When Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman stated that village women try to get pregnant to get a free trip to the city for an abortion, many people cringed. You see, Alaska has a bad reputation as being behind the progressive curve in stamping out social ills like sexual assault and domestic violence, and many Native Alaskans have faced stiff racism in the classrooms, workplaces and even at the voting booth. But many of us would like to think we are progressing, if slowly, toward a higher bar.

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