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Gov. Scott Walker, seen here delivering his inaugural address in January at the State Capitol, has signed some of the most aggressive anti-abortion measures in the nation into law while in office.

As Gov. Scott Walker travels the country, inching closer to a presidential bid, the abortion restrictions he's enacted or plans to sign will follow him on the road. 

NARAL Pro-Choice America, a national reproductive rights group, is launching an ad campaigning targeting Walker, with spots airing in the early-vote states of Iowa and New Hampshire. 

The 30-second spot will run in each state for a week, starting Thursday.

It highlights the 20-week abortion ban working its way through the Wisconsin Legislature, which Walker has said he'll sign when it hits his desk. The bill passed in the Senate last week, but no indication has been given as to when the Assembly will take it up.

Walker is set to address Concerned Women for America in Washington D.C. at its conference on Sunday. The group's mission is "to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens — first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society — thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation."

The group's goals include "passing laws "to protect our society from practices and policies that endanger or debase innocent human life" and increasing public awareness "of the harm of abortion to women, men and their families; and the promotion of pregnancy care centers and post-abortion counseling services."

NARAL's ad, called "Crazy Ideas," includes the law Walker signed in 2013 requiring women to receive an ultrasound before having an abortion, and the 20-week ban that doesn't include exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

"Forced ultrasounds. Abortion bans. Crazy ideas about pregnancy, rape and incest. The more Scott Walker talks, the worse it gets. And now he wants to be president?" the voiceover says.

“From abortion bans to forced invasive ultrasounds, Scott Walker has repeatedly made clear his obsession with interfering in women’s reproductive health decisions.” said Erika West, political director for NARAL Pro-Choice America. "Voters across this country need to be made aware that Walker has made a career of legalizing roadblocks to abortion and birth control access in Wisconsin, and he has the same planned for the rest of us."

A spokeswoman for Walker's political committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.