This week’s Doonesbury is going to be about abortion and the right-wing craziness around it in America. There is no weapon as sharp as sarcasm, and Garry Trudeau wields it with great finesse. Here’s today’s strip, and I’ll be putting them up all this week.
(Note: as some readers have noted, although the strip is reproduced widely by others [including here], this deprives Trudeau of syndication money, or so I’m told. So even if you look at the strip below, also click on the link above to make sure the artist gets the “click credit”.)
As MSNBC reports, some papers will probably pull this strip because it’s controversial:
Around a dozen U.S. newspapers have raised questions about an abortion-related “Doonesbury” comic strip set for publication next week, and some will likely not run it, the syndicate behind the cartoon said on Friday.
The cartoon’s story line for Monday through Saturday focuses on a Texas law that requires abortion providers to perform an ultrasound on pregnant women before the procedure, said Sue Roush, managing editor for Universal Uclick, the syndicate behind “Doonesbury.”
The law, which went into effect earlier this year, is intended to give pause to pregnant women before having an abortion and possibly reconsider their decision.
A similar bill was signed into law earlier this week by Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell that also requires women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. . .
The Texas law “Doonesbury” is highlighting has proved controversial since lawmakers approved it last year.
It requires abortion providers to perform an ultrasound on pregnant women, show and describe the image to them, and play sounds of the fetal heartbeat. Women can decline to view images or hear the heartbeat, but they must listen to a description of the exam.
The Los Angeles Times has moved the strip, just for this week, from the comics page to the op-ed page.