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Are abortion and slavery similar?

Gov. Sam Brownback flattered his ultraconservative followers in his State of the State address last week by "equating Kansas' gun- and Bible-toting abolitionists from the 1850s with the anti-abortion protesters who staged demonstrations in Wichita in 1991," columnist Mary Sanchez wrote. She argued that abortion and slavery are not the same. "If abortion is evil, it is not a social evil, a crime against a class of people for the benefit of another," she wrote. "The zealots Brownback praised – and upon whom he no doubt depends in his upcoming election – are not doing their cause or the victims it claims to protect any good by pretending that this weak analogy holds."