Doonesbury 2

Today’s Doonesbury continues the saga of the woman seeking her reproductive rights in what is presumably Texas or Georgia.

(Please click on the Slate site as well to ensure that artist Garry Trudeau gets some “click credit’).

According to HuffPo, this week’s strip has simply been rejected by some newspapers:

Trudeau defended the strip and blasted Republicans over recent developments on contraception and abortion in email exchanges with Reuters and the Guardian. “To see these healthcare rights systematically undermined in state after state by the party of ‘limited government’ is appalling,” he wrote.

Romenesko compiled comments from editors who pulled the cartoon. Numerous papers, including The Press of Atlantic City, The Oregonian and The Vacaville Reporter in California, said that it crossed a line for their comics pages. The Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah cited the cartoon’s language and the Rock Hill Herald in South Carolina referred to “graphic content” as reasons for not printing.

Athens Banner-Herald editor Jim Thompson said that he made “a unilateral decision not to publish” the strip because he thought “readers might confuse the topic of this week’s ‘Doonesbury’ with Georgia’s proposed abortion legislation.”


  1. Posted March 13, 2012 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Pleased to see Doonesbury’s work this week. It’s excellent!

  2. Aidan Karley
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 3:16 am | Permalink seems to be down, from the UK at least. I guess that someone somewhere has decided to enforce those pesky free-speech provisions of the American constitution.

    • GBJames
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      I is working here in Milwaukee.

      • cyan
        Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

        You is?

        • GBJames
          Posted March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

          My “” key seems o have sopped working. 😉

  3. Bonzodog
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    If Doonesbury upsets some people, God alone knows what they would make of Gerald Scarfe (London Sunday Times) who really is vicious !

    His take on the Blair/Bush relationship …..

    (He hasn’t softened since …)

    • Gluon
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      Americans are a delicate people. Heavily armed, but with delicate sensibilities.

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 13, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

        A wonderful combination, that.

  4. Posted March 13, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    “readers might confuse the topic of this week’s ‘Doonesbury’ with Georgia’s proposed abortion legislation.”

    Do Georgians know that Jim Thompson thinks they’re stupid?

    • eric
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I read that and thought to myself “wow…they actually admitted to removing political commentary because they’re afraid its too relevant and would influence constituents’ opinions.”

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

      And I’m willing to bet that Thompson wants to “Teach the Controversy” so that kids can examine all sides and then make up their minds.

      Hmm, that would mean he thinks that kids in Georgia are smarter than adults there, which would imply that the longer you live in Georgia, the dumber you get…

  5. JBlilie
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    The scarlet letter is a nice touch.

    • Lurker111
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:24 am | Permalink

      I was wondering if anyone would notice.

      • JBlilie
        Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

        I’m just surprised that I didn’t notice in the last panel fo the first strip!

  6. zengardener
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Isn’t this the perfect example of the Streisand effect, or would that only be an appropriate analysis if it were the papers themselves that the strip was mocking?

  7. Diane G.
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:41 am | Permalink


  8. abb3w
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    If cannot distinguish the content of the Comics page with politics-section coverage of the state government, there is something comically wrong with the government.

  9. Darth Dog
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I think that this “shaming room” concept might have wider applications. How about before someone is allowed to attend church they are required to sit in a room and watch Bill Maher’s Religulous. Maybe a Ricky Gervais or George Carlin stand up routine on religion. Listen to some readings from The God Delusion or God Is Not Great. Because you know, we want people to make informed choices when they exercise their right to religious freedom.

    • Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Oh, I like that idea SOOO much!

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Freaking amazing comment. Thank you!

  10. Gluon
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    There are still newspapers? Who knew?

  11. Posted March 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Nothing like watching newspapers forcing people to go to the internet. Wait ’til some of those subscribers who like Doonesbury find a site like or

  12. Derek
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m pleased to let you know that in Babylon by the Bay, the San Francisco Chronicle is still showing this series.

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