Saturday evening, Representative David Eastman (R-Wasilla) appeared LIVE on KTVA 11 News after saying that he intended to apologize for comments he made about abortion earlier this week that political leaders called misogynistic and racist.

Tuesday, Eastman made national headlines for saying, “We have folks who try to get pregnant in this state so that they can get a free trip to the city (Anchorage), 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.”

The remark lit up social media, with hundreds weighing in on the KTVA Facebook page, and even garnered a response from the Alaska House majority, who sounded calls Friday for disciplinary action.

Saturday afternoon, Representative Eastman sent out a press release with the title “Representative David Eastman Apologizes”, and urged members of the media to call a staffer to set up an interview.

Press release: ‘Representative Eastman Apologizes’

KTVA invited Eastman onto our 5 p.m. newscast to make his apology live on air.

He started off by calling the media a circus and reiterating his pro-life stance before further attempting to explain the reasoning and thought process regarding his initial controversial comment.

After several minutes, KTVA anchor and reporter Bonney Bowman reminded Eastman that he came onto the show to apologize for his comments that were perceived by many to single-out Native women, and asked Eastman if he intended to apologize.

Again, after several minutes, Eastman had not apologized and Bowman asked if he had any evidence to prove that women in Alaska were purposefully getting pregnant so they could travel on government money.

Eastman continued to sidestep Bowman’s questions and repeated attempts to keep the segment on topic, and he did not apologize for his controversial comments as he indicated to KTVA was his intention.

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