Thursday, March 15, 2012

Doonesbury's take on anti-abortion ultrasound bills

Your local newspaper may not be running these cartoons specifically done to satirize the bills passed and passing to require invasive/unnecessary ultrasounds in order for women to get abortions, and here's why:
Several newspapers are reportedly running “flashbacks” — i.e. old strips — in lieu of this week’s Doonesbury, which deals with the recent spate of anti-abortion ultrasound bills.
“We thought the strips were over the line for the comics pages and won’t be running them,” Oregonian features editor JoLene Krawczak told Jim Romenesko. “We’ll tell readers where they can read them online.” 
The more controversial strips, expected to run Tuesday and Thursday, contain the lines “Do your parents know you’re a slut?” (directed at the strip’s protagonist by a “state legislator” after she tell him she’s been using the health clinic’s contraceptive services) and “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape” (announced by the doctor administering the pre-termination sonogram).
Here's where you can read all six of them online. But after (or before) doing so, may I suggest registering some displeasure with the newspaper editors who found it appropriate to make you? A comment from Trudeau on his intentions:
For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice. 
Indeed. Thanks for this, Mr. Trudeau. After all, it's better to laugh than to cry, right? 


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