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Having given up on creating jobs, Wisconsin’s Republicans are focused on attacking women’s ability to make their own medical choices. “Small government”-loving Scott Walker will become the new “Governor Ultrasound” when he signs a bill mandating that all women face an invasive medical procedure before they are allowed to have an abortion.

To get a sense of the anti-abortion fervor in Wisconsin, watch the video above. Former Real World star Rachel Campos-Duffy, who is married to former Real World star Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), recently called anti-abortion activists “warriors,” adding that “they’re human rights activists on the scale of William Wilberforce, who fought for the abolition of the slave trade.”

She also had a warning for the 80 percent of Americans who believe abortion should be legal at least in some circumstances.

“And those who kept silent during this time I think will find themselves on the wrong side of history,” Campos-Duffy said. “We often look back at things like the Holocaust and slavery and go, ‘How can they think that way?'”

This rhetoric of comparing abortion to slavery is common on the “pro-life” far right. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has done it. Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) loves it.

Yet the far right often fights against the availability of the measures most likely to prevent abortion, including sex education and mandatory birth control coverage.

And those who believe that opposing abortion is like opposing slavery rarely note that abortion rates are higher in countries where it is illegal.

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