Today’s strip (particularly the last panel) is the most incendiary yet in this week’s Doonesbury, which deals with a woman trying to get an abortion under the Texas ultrasound-exam-before-abortion law.
In the Wall Street Journal, artist Garry Trudeau discusses the continuing controversies that swirl around the strip, and this one in particular:
What’s your aim in satirizing the subject of abortion policy?
I usually weasel out of that question, because if my intention isn’t clear from the strip, I’ve failed. It’s never the readers’ fault if they’re confused. The strips this week are a pretty straightforward commentary on mandatory sonograms, a subject that’s been in the news since the debate in Virginia. We anticipated that we might run into a community standards issue with one or two clients, but nothing like the 47 papers that we know about. I don’t want to sound disingenuous here — controversy is obviously good for business, especially if your business is satire. And it does amplify the discussion — in my view, a good thing. We need a robust debate on these shocking rollbacks of reproductive rights. But I didn’t set out to gin up some kind of furor. It just followed me home this week.
Be sure to click on the Slate link to give Trudeau click credit.