"On Behalf Of Governor Rick Perry, May I Welome You To Your Compulsory Transvaginal Exam..."
March 13, 2012 1:26 PM Subscribe
“For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to relitigate 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.” -- Gary Trudeau"Only once in the long history of "Doonesbury" has Garry Trudeau’s syndicate ever intensely objected to one of his story arcs. It was 1985, a documentary purporting to show the reactions of a fetus had been released, and Trudeau satirized the film "The Silent Scream" with his own “prequel" strips featuring “little Timmy,” a 12-minute-old embryo. Those strips never saw wide release in newspapers. Now, Trudeau has decided to take on the abortion wars head-on for the first time in "Doonesbury’s" four decades in a series of strips depicting mandatory vaginal ultrasounds as rape."
Slate has yesterday's and today's strips in color. Reader responses on Trudeau's Blowback Blog at Slate have been mixed. Romanesko has a description / transcript of the strips.
Catherine Frazier, press secretary for Texas governor Rick Perry:
"The decision to end a life isn’t funny,” Frazier said. “There is nothing comic about this tasteless interpretation of legislation we have passed in Texas to ensure that women have all the facts when making a life-ending decision."Reuters: Author defends "Doonesbury" abortion strip.
Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers. More. Reasons being given. The CT Journal Register: Of course we're running Doonesbury next week. NY Daily News: Doonesbury’ abortion comic strips have newspapers, partisans divided
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