Earlier this year, Republican Rep. Sean Duffy refused to take a position on whether transvaginal ultrasounds should be mandatory for women seeking abortions because (in his words) “I haven’t had one.”
While Rep. Duffy may feign ignorance when it comes to knowing what a transvaginal ultrasound is, his wife Rachel Campos-Duffy can’t make the same claims. In an interview with the Appleton Post-Crescent, Campos-Duffy compared a woman’s right to choose with slavery and the Holocaust, and she compared those who fight to deny a woman’s right to choose to abolitionists who fought to end slavery.
Here’s the video.
Rachel Campos-Duffy and those who share her views on a woman’s right to choose are not heroes, and she’s definitely no William Wilberforce.
UPDATE: Here’s a transcript of Rachel Campos-Duffy’s comments, in case some of you can’t watch the video:
Campos-Duffy: “People here that are here tonight, I think, are really unsung heroes. They’re warriors. They’re human rights activists on the scale of William Wilberforce, who fought for the abolition of the slave trade. And so, often times, it can feel when you’re that warrior, when you’re in that battle, you don’t always – uhm – it can be demoralizing when you see things not always going your way. William Wilberforce lived to see abolition abolished in the British Empire.
“And those that kept silent during this time, I think, will find themselves on the wrong side of history. We often look back at things like the Holocaust and slavery and go, ‘How did they think that way?’ But cultures change, ideas change, as we get more information, and I think that’s what’s happening now. I think we’re seeing an explosion of information, of technology like 4D ultrasounds, and in the case of the internet, alternative media that’s telling us a different story than I think Planned Parenthood and the abortion proponents have been telling us since 1971.
“And so it really doesn’t make sense to me when people who purport to be advocates for women suddenly say, ‘Oh, we don’t need those pesky ultrasounds; you don’t need all that information.’ It seems very dubious – their motivation – because we always want the patient to have as much information as possible. Now, it’s true that once a father or a mother who are seeking an abortion see an ultrasound, it’s true that, you know, upwards of 90 percent of them decide not to have an abortion. Our opposition may not like those results, but those are what people decide after they have all the facts in front of them.
“I think that having a medical facility nearby in case of an emergency – we’ve seen again in the case of Pennsylvania and several others – that women sometimes die under these procedures. And they need to get medical help right away.”