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Draper begins: "A national syndicate will offer replacement 'Doonesbury' comic strips to newspapers that don't want to run a series that uses graphic imagery to lampoon a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, executives said Friday."

Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau as illustrated by Tim Rickard. (photo: Tim Rickard/Greensboro News and Record)
Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau as illustrated by Tim Rickard. (photo: Tim Rickard/Greensboro News and Record)



Papers Refuse to Run 'Doonesbury' Abortion Law Strip

By Bill Draper, Associated Press

10 March 12

 

Doonesbury's banned abortion series: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

national syndicate will offer replacement "Doonesbury" comic strips to newspapers that don't want to run a series that uses graphic imagery to lampoon a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, executives said Friday.

A handful of newspapers say they won't run next week's series, while several others said the strips will move from the comics to opinion pages or websites only. Many already publish the strip by cartoonist Garry Trudeau, whose sarcastic swipes at society's foibles have a history of giving headaches to newspaper editors, on editorial pages.

"We run 'Doonesbury' on our op-ed page, and this series is an example of why," said David Averill, editorial page editor for the Tulsa World. "Many of our readers will disagree with the political stance the series takes, and some will be offended by the clinical language. I believe, however, that this series of strips is appropriate to the abortion debate and appropriate to our op-ed pages."

The comic strips feature a woman who goes to an abortion clinic and is confronted by several people who suggest she should be ashamed. Among them is a doctor who reads a script on behalf of Texas Gov. Rick Perry welcoming her to a "compulsory transvaginal exam," and a middle-aged legislator who calls her a "slut."

One panel equates the invasive procedure to rape and describes the device used to perform it as a "10-inch shaming wand."

"Our readers are accustomed to pointed political and social commentary in strips like 'Doonesbury' and 'Mallard Fillmore,'" Tom McNiff, managing editor of The Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner in central Florida, said in an emailed statement explaining the decision not to run the series. "But the language the author used to make his point in two of the strips was quite graphic for a general readership."

Trudeau said Friday that "it would have been a little surprising" if there hadn't been any pushback against the series.

"Abortion remains a deeply contentious subject. Having said that, the goal is definitely not to antagonize editors and get booted from papers," he said in an email to The Associated Press. "It's just an occupational risk."

Texas' law does not specify the type of sonogram a woman must receive, but a transvaginal ultrasound is necessary to meet requirements that the doctor show the woman an image of the fetus, describe its features and make the fetal heartbeat audible in the first trimester. The procedure uses a wand inserted in the vagina to yield an image instead of a wand rubbed over a woman's belly.

Asked for comment on the "Doonesbury" series, Perry spokesman Catherine Frazier said the governor is proud of his leadership on the sonogram law.

"The decision to end a life is not 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."

Sue Roush, managing editor at the Universal UClick syndicate, said newspapers uncomfortable with the abortion law series have the option of a set of substitute strips.

Steve Shirk, manager editor of The Kansas City Star, said his paper would use the replacements in the comics section while moving the abortion series to the opinion page.

"We felt the content was too much for many of the readers of our family friendly comic page," Shirk said. "We felt that (op-ed) page was more appropriate for that story line."

Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Indianapolis Star, said the newspaper would use an earlier "Doonesbury" strip instead.

"We simply don't want to be part of the personalization and debasement of political discourse. We've had too much of that from all sides," Ryerson said.

Chris Mele, executive editor of the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa., said the paper will run the replacement strips during the week, but the Texas series will appear March 18 on the front of its op-ed section. He said the paper would try to "have a dialogue" with its readers about the debate.

Universal UClick president Lee Salem said he wouldn't be surprised if 20 to 30 of the 1,400 newspapers that carry "Doonesbury" decided to opt out and run the replacements.

"Once every five or six months there's usually something in 'Doonesbury' that causes a stir. Every two or three years there's something that causes a bigger stir," Salem said. "Historically, that's par for the course with 'Doonesbury' because Garry explores topics on comics pages that are not normally there."

Six installments of "Doonesbury" satirizing the anti-abortion movie "The Silent Scream" were canceled in 1985 when the syndicate decided they were too controversial to be distributed.

Other states have enacted laws requiring pre-abortion ultrasounds, although Virginia removed a provision from its measure that specifically called for the invasive exam. The measure in its original form had become a target of national political columnists and the word "transvaginal" was mocked and parodied on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."


Associated Press writers Matt Moore in Philadelphia; Mitch Stacy in Tampa Bay, Florida; and Chris Tomlinson in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.

 

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+244 # artful 2012-03-10 10:12
Ahhh, the poor Texans may be offended . . . or perhaps it is just the Texas chapter of the Christian Taliban that will be offended. Poor babies.
 
 
+250 # bobbygoode 2012-03-10 10:45
Now more people than ever will read these episodes of "Doonebury". Anti-freedom often shoots itself in the foot.
 
 
+207 # Spence 2012-03-10 10:12
Come on folks. This is the 21st Century. We hear these clinical terms all over the place on TV. On the news, the comedy programs, the political programs and talk shows.

So why is it so "over-the-top" in a newspaper. The little tots are much more likely to see and hear the objectionable terms on TV then they are to read them in the newspaper.
 
 
+97 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 11:54
They can put anything in an ad these days, but you won't hear about them on the news ... somebody might actually learn something if they did. Newspapers and TV news are no longer intended to inform the public. They're media to put ads in front of us, and that's about the only purpose most of them serve anymore.
 
 
0 # Bope2 2012-03-13 18:56
I'd be willing to bet that a video of the entire process posted to YouTube would go viral very quickly, and would do a lot to make it less popular among self-styled "Christians."
 
 
+161 # baldyc76 2012-03-10 10:15
It seems as if many in the print media are fearful of upsetting those who are on the political conservative view. They don't seem as concerned when it comes to offending the left. Millard Fillmore stays in the paper.
 
 
+145 # paulrevere 2012-03-10 10:18
OH GORSH!!!! 2% of his syndication MAY not run it...and this is flaming, gut wrenching, end of times news?

And the AP decides that Indianapolis, Kansas City, Tulsa and Gainesville are archtypes for American social mores?

Why not quote the Vatican or Liberty Univeristy?

Keep up the great insights into our emotionally manipulated, superstition rent, knee-jerked and mindless society Mr. Trudeau!!
 
 
+73 # wminot 2012-03-10 10:48
Or Santorum's favorite club Opus Dei.
 
 
-32 # Helleborus 2012-03-10 12:33
This media outlet covers many different topics and issues every day. I saw no one, aside from yourself, imply that this is "flaming, gut wrenching, end of times news?"

Of course, every reader can decide for him or herself what is important to them, but covering a story is not a statement that the editorial staff - or readers - consider that story to be of vast, world changing import. I don't know how you got the impression that this story was viewed as such. The title is "Papers Refuse to Run Doonesbury' Abortion Law Strip", not "The End is Near! Major Cities in Ruins!"
 
 
+16 # paulrevere 2012-03-10 15:45
The hysteria behind repealing woman's rights, as a religious matter, seems to me to be coming from that place.
Jus' sayin'
 
 
+214 # corallady 2012-03-10 10:27
We may not always like what an artist has portrayed, but a democratic society needs its cartoonists, comics artists, satirists, lampoonists, and such because they are able to "speak truth to power" and shine a strong light on society's absurdities, pettiness, meanness, corruption, and other ills that need to be opened for inspection. Kings of old had their "fools" who served this function, and they could get away with making fun of faults and foibles that courtiers dared not bring to light. Hurrah for yesterday's "fools" and today's comic truth-tellers. We dare not muzzle them because every society needs that kind of transparency.
 
 
+68 # wminot 2012-03-10 10:47
I wish I'd written that.
 
 
+11 # Patriot 2012-03-12 08:24
So do I! Take a bow, corallady.
 
 
+61 # Glen 2012-03-10 11:30
Corallady, I'm sure you've noticed the lack of humor in many Americans in general, but as you say, even Kings need a bit of comeuppance on occasion. Those controlling the media in this country and an increasing amount of control over citizens could take a lesson from the kings, that even today have a greater sense of humor than our power hungry controllers.
 
 
+56 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 11:57
Indeed, real change often _starts_ with the artists exposing the truth with their art.
 
 
+18 # RLF 2012-03-11 10:15
Shame on Sue Rousch for giving them an alternative strip...they should have been forced to run empty space. Spineless.
 
 
+165 # Shirley 2012-03-10 10:32
pardon me..did I read this correctlly? "a wand inserted into
the vagina" ....my God what is happening in the U.S.??
Ok women...don't let this happen...haven' t we come far enough, but not far enough, that we won't put up with this?
 
 
+146 # michelle 2012-03-10 10:48
"pardon me..did I read this correctlly? "a wand inserted into
the vagina" ....my God what is happening in the U.S.??"


Yes indeed you are a good reader. What scares me is doctors, you remember the do no harm guys, are embracing this new practice. They are eager to promote the war on women rather than standing their ground and refusing to participate in this medically approved rape. Reminds me of doctors in Nazi Germany who blindly followed 'government policy' experimenting on people. No ethics.
 
 
+177 # James38 2012-03-10 11:28
You have heard of "date rape?" Well, now we have "State Rape". Rape mandated by "law", for religious reasons. We have the US Taliban demanding the right to rape women by proxy, just because a woman's right to control her body offends their baseless faith driven opinions. Free country? Separation of Church and State? This is a worse destruction of freedom than the recent "Homeland Security" abuses everyone is up in arms about.

We all need to wake up. We need to demand that everyone realize the simple fact that opinions based on faith, with no proof or logic outside religious pronouncements have no place in law or government.

Government deals with factual matters, such as infrastructure, education, fire and police protection, and health care for example. Everyone is affected equally by these things, and everyone can discuss them on the obvious basis of verifiable facts and information.

All other opinions about religious themes are to be left to religion, and kept private. Nobody gets to tell a Catholic that he or she MUST use contraception, and no Catholic gets to tell anyone else that they MUST NOT use it. It is just that simple. If we all understand and agree with these obvious principles, we can all work together.
 
 
+62 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:06
"We need to demand that everyone realize the simple fact that opinions based on faith, with no proof or logic outside religious pronouncements have no place in law or government. "

That is why most of these laws are being declared unconstitutiona l ... at _great_ expense to cash-strapped states that are having to defend them in court.
 
 
+44 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:03
It's like doctors are wizards, casting a spell with their wands ... for the control freaks in the government.
 
 
+27 # Merschrod 2012-03-11 05:13
This extremist, state mandated, old-male imposed “ritual” is the same sort of nonsense that we abhor in the virginity tests of Saudi Arabia. The basis is the same - ultra-conservat ive version of religion combined with cultural attributes that are an anathema to most of us in the post enlightenment religious and cultural world.
 
 
+84 # DaveM 2012-03-10 10:39
I recall another occasion when Gary Trudeau's comic strip was suspended for a week by a number of newspapers. That one had the gall to suggest that Frank Sinatra had connections to the Mafia (and was created while he was still among the living).

I cannot figure out why mentioning anything vaguely connected to sex would arouse such ire. Especially in states which thought of the procedures mentioned long before Trudeau did.
 
 
+39 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:08
It's about hiding the truth about what government is doing from the people who are supposed to _be_ the government.
 
 
+87 # bobbygoode 2012-03-10 10:43
As is the ironic consequence of almost all censorship, the strip will now be read by a far wider audience as it goes viral on the Internet. The same mentality that believes the shaming ritual will end abortions also believes merely deleting the strip will prevent it from being read.
 
 
-25 # Helleborus 2012-03-10 12:38
> As is the ironic consequence of almost all censorship, the strip will now be read by a far wider audience as it goes viral on the Internet.


I don't think that these papers care about suppressing the strip. They care about offending their readers and possible lowered circulation numbers as a result. Maybe they consider themselves to be family friendly and know their readership demographic well enough to know where 'the line' is for that demographic.
 
 
+47 # lincolnimp 2012-03-10 13:11
Quoting bobbygoode:
As is the ironic consequence of almost all censorship, the strip will now be read by a far wider audience as it goes viral on the Internet. The same mentality that believes the shaming ritual will end abortions also believes merely deleting the strip will prevent it from being read.

Got that right...I can't wait to see the strip. I don't read newspapers, so I'll wait for the viral appearance on the internet.
As a woman, I thank the men on this comment page for their support...also as a woman I see the looming presence of Torquemada trying to make a comeback.
 
 
+24 # Pickwicky 2012-03-10 15:43
lincolnimp--how true. Torquemada is always looming in the wings--and Conservatives are on his side.
 
 
+58 # erogers 2012-03-10 10:47
If the papers will not run the Doonesbury strip then we just find out who owns the papers and deluge them with e-mails. We prefer to spend our money on other papers and we prefer to spend our money with companies which do not advertise in those papers. Hell we prefer to vacation in other cities and for that matter, shop in other cities. Hit them where it hurts, in the wallets and purses.
 
 
+60 # Pondering and Pandering 2012-03-10 10:52
Any newspaper's decision to run this on the Op-Ed page is not irresponsible. It is a good accomodation in this instance if they feel the need. Some papers have a lot of commics that aren't so pungent and adult in their commentary or even comment at all where very young children are involved.

But to not run this at all when it is customarily syndicated in their paper sends a very bad message about freedom of expression and of the press and First Amendment rights. Newspapers should be at the forefront of running the most controversial material from both right and left. Any paper choosing not to run this is running away from their responsilbities and engaging in self-censorship . Isn't that for the government and narrow-minded and spiteful hate groups to do? Let's show some backbone here folks. And the shaming wand? Love it!
 
 
+6 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:10
It, in fact _is_ an op-ed, even though intended for the comics section. Most of what Trudeau puts into that strip is op-ed.
 
 
+55 # lotuslover 2012-03-10 10:53
True believing ideolog's don't much like satire when it comes to their belief systems. They would much rather use their energy to impose their beliefs on others. I prefer no censorship but since that isn't possible, how about deleting any activites of the Westboro Baptist Church. I think they've had enuf free publicity!
 
 
+95 # grouchy 2012-03-10 10:53
I wonder when a woman who has been forced into this procedure unwillingly (which I think fits the definition of RAPE), gets herself a good lawyer and takes that governmental system to court and takes them to the financial cleaners! Yes, your tax dollars at work! Stay tuned!
 
 
+43 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:16
The expense to cash-strapped states to "defend" such indefensible laws is bankrupting them ... note Arizona, and all the draconian laws they've passed in the past few years. They're wasting tens of $Millions on defending themselves from lawsuits ... and losing most of them.
 
 
+38 # frankdavid 2012-03-10 13:41
My thoughts exactly......su e them and sue them big and name all the legislators who voted for it as codefendents and liable for damages.
 
 
+20 # James38 2012-03-10 19:18
I keep having more and more horrifying realizations about the implications of this crazed draconian brutality. How in the hell is some already traumatized young poor woman going to even consider suing anybody? She doesn't know how or even know that the possibility exists. She is already in a horrible situation, and now she is threatened with an incomprehensibl y invasive and threatening process designed to terrify her into loosing her mental capacity to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Having terrified her into foregoing the abortion, do any of these anti-abortion anti-woman religionazis care what happens to her next? Are they going to support her and her child? Are they going to make sure she has a decent life, a decent place to live, enough food and clothing, an education for her child? Hell no. They see that she is reduced to abject terror and smugly turn away. They might as well grab her and shout "You want to have an abortion?" and slap a rusty coat-hanger into her hand and shove her into a dark alley and scream "Do it yourself, whore!!" Then they can all slap each other on the backs and chortle, "Ol' Rush couldn't have said it better, haw haw haw..."
 
 
+17 # James38 2012-03-10 23:51
To clarify, frankdavid, I certainly support any effort to sue the perpetrators and the legislators. I was and am shaken by the idea of the number of women who will be deliberately traumatized by this capricious cruelty. How many of them will be ground up by the "law" before some mechanism is in place to support and advise them, and set up a lawsuit for them? We either need to do that, or more directly repeal the law, and try to establish means by which such abusive distortions of religion are prevented from being considered as laws in the first place.
 
 
+101 # Night Raider 2012-03-10 11:07
It's interesting that this law was passed in Texas by a primarily male legislature and now its male governor preens like a peacock that he supported it. Interesting that a male dominated governing body would specify a set of parameters that makes transvaginal ultrasound the only viable option. They seem to enjoy inserting something into female bodies. It's a form of male domination that is essentially rape
 
 
+46 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:17
And people actually wanted to elect this idiot to be president?
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-17 00:35
And now those same people have brought us The Insanitorium.
 
 
+83 # Cliffard 2012-03-10 11:10
Let me test my understanding.

When a small government
guy such as Rick,
Tells a woman that
she MUST stick
a wand that looks
like a di--

somethings gotta give
somethings gotta give
somethings gotta give

If he thinks that
freedom is chic
He should let HER
decide what to stick
not some faceless
government pri--

That's what free
means I think

Yes, small government to watch those that want to harm and steal from the rest of us, Big government to watch us and force us into their ways.
 
 
+58 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 11:50
Unfortunately, we need certain parts of the government to be bigger ... like the investigative and enforcement departments who are charged with upholding the laws ... like the Sherman Anti-trust Law, which is still on the books, and needs to be used against _many_ mega-corporatio ns that have developed monopolies by buying up all their competition.

Deregulation and selective shrinking of government agencies over the past 30 years, predominantly by Republicans, has resulted in a lack of enforcement of laws designed to protect consumers from corrupt corporate greed. That, and appointing industry-friend ly political hacks to positions controlling these agencies, to make _sure_ that nothing gets enforced.
 
 
+61 # Night Raider 2012-03-10 11:11
Wait a minute. These newspapers are walking on eggshells over Trudeau's strip, but when legislatures pass these draconian laws they publish all the details as news section. Hello! Where is the disconnect?
 
 
+32 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 11:51
They probably _don't_ publish the details. They don't want people actually _knowing_ anything about what their governments are doing.
 
 
+83 # Mumzee 2012-03-10 11:22
What can we expect from a State where two consecutive times, we the people elected two such bumbling boobs as George W. Bush and Rick Parry? Ladies, stay the hell out of Texas!
 
 
+87 # Mamazon 2012-03-10 11:22
So it's okay for the Texas legislature to legalize the rape of pregnant women with a 10" wand -- but God forbid Gary Trudeau make ironical comic strips about it... that's over the line??? White supremicist, patriarchal fascists = GOP
 
 
+93 # Brooklyn Girl 2012-03-10 11:22
Asked for comment on the "Doonesbury" series, Perry spokesman Catherine Frazier said the governor is proud of his leadership on the sonogram law.

"The decision to end a life is not 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."

Because, of course, women are idiots and can't make this decision on their own. They have to be subjected to a humiliating, invasive procedure first.

I find it especially grotesque when another WOMAN makes statements like this.
 
 
+80 # Muffy787 2012-03-10 11:55
Perry who thinks nothing of putting a prisoner to death without even considering the new evidence. He is a monster just like Bush.
 
 
+58 # Bope2 2012-03-10 12:32
Great point, Muffy787! Why are most of the self-proclaimed "pro-life" people I know also pro-death-penal ty? I wonder what might happen if all state residents were required to see a documentary--wr itten and produced by the inmate's defense team--about the life of each death-row inmate, and to watch each execution by video, including audio of the heartbeat. Or perhaps, require all citizens to view photographs of children killed by American bombs and bullets in war zones. I'm sure the same people who think nothing of invading the relationship between a woman and her doctor would think this was a horrible intrusion by government, but I don't see the moral difference.
 
 
+14 # jcdav 2012-03-10 14:35
Yup, life sure is sacred.
 
 
+43 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 12:21
Women have all the facts they need when they make the decision to end an unwanted pregnancy. They don't need this kind of state-mandated "information". They likely wouldn't be in the clinic, if they hadn't made their decision already. It's not up to the state, or other people's religions, to either make the decision for her, or attempt to influence it unnecessarily.
 
 
+31 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 13:09
"Just following orders" wasn't an acceptable excuse at the Nuremberg trials, either.
 
 
+72 # angelfish 2012-03-10 11:30
I don't get it. They don't mind PUBLICIZING the draconian plans of shoving an "Ultra-sound device" up a woman's Vagina into her womb for NO LEGITIMATE reason other than the fact that they CAN, while Horrifying and Humiliating her, yet, they OBJECT when lampooned for their idiotic, mean-spirited and disgracefully rapacious act against a woman in an ALREADY desperate situation! ReTHUGlican politicians and that "handful" of Newspapers who won't run Gary Trudeau's strip are SERIOUS Anal Termini who have shown themselves to have NO Compassion, NO Humanity and NO moral values! What they DO have is their undying determination to horrify and humiliate women they can't control! They are pitiful and puny people!
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-17 00:38
Minor correction here - the "Shaming Wand" does not get shoved into the womb (uterus), since that would cause an abortion.
 
 
+35 # zachwes 2012-03-10 11:43
Freedom of the Press should not mean editors are free to censor. I'm fine with editors choosing to run the strips on the op-ed page, but to not run them at all is shameful and hypocritical.
This says it all: Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Indianapolis Star, said the newspaper would use an earlier "Doonesbury" strip instead. "We simply don't want to be part of the personalization and debasement of political discourse. We've had too much of that from all sides," Ryerson said.

I'm willing to bet my house that Ryerson has given months and years of coverage to all the shameless lies and invective espoused by politicians and pundits that have "personalized and debased political discourse", but he won't run a comic strip? Please!
 
 
+27 # Muffy787 2012-03-10 11:56
and the Repugs wanted that Governor
to run for Pres? Yes, sure.
 
 
+38 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 11:43
The "Christians" are afraid that some young person might actually learn something about sex, and pregnancy, and where babies come from. They are too embarrassed about anything to do with sex, birth control pregnancy and abortion to actually discuss these things with their children in an age-appropriate manner.

Kids already know a _lot_ more about sex than their puritanical parents think they know ... unfortunately, a lot of it what they "know" is wrong ... because their parents are "protecting" them from the truth.

(As my high school English teacher once commented, we're a lot more puritanical than the Puritans ever were.)
 
 
+39 # Tiger Claws 2012-03-10 11:48
I hope Gary Trudeau's next cartoon strip has Congress voting on the sale of Texas back to Mexico to reduce the deficit. We will pay for all freedom loving Democrats to relocate to a state of their choice and assure them of gainful employment in their current job and occupation.

And we will police the newly drawn border with electrified barb wire and all former Republican Texans will be treated as illegal immigrants. When captured by the border patrol, they will be stripped and searched by ObGyns and their private parts photographed for publication by the National Enquirer.

And Trudeau will have grist for his next cartoon strip.
 
 
+2 # Patriot 2012-03-12 08:35
Go for it!!
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2012-03-10 11:48
And in all their promises of paradise you will not hear a laugh" -Bob Dylan -"The Gates of Eden".
"Indeed the Idols I have lov'd so long
Have done my Credit in Men's Eyes much wrong:
Have drown'd my Honor in a shallow Cup,
And sold my Reputation for a Song". Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat.
 
 
+16 # LetsUseOurBrains 2012-03-10 11:54
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/ultrasonography/hic_transvaginal_ultrasound.aspx says:

During a transvaginal ultrasound, a tubular probe is inserted into the vaginal canal. The probe is completely covered by a lubricated condom. The probe can be rotated slightly to obtain close contact images of the uterus and ovaries. You will be asked to empty your bladder before the test. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will lie on a padded examining table. A probe is gently inserted into the vagina. There will be minimal discomfort during the test. The ultrasound takes about 40 minutes to complete.

But to really understand,plea se go to the picture:
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11098/hb15-a-transvaginal-ultrasound-wand-in-every-woman
 
 
+28 # Wilka 2012-03-10 12:10
Well, that will be really reassuring to a pregnant 17 year old, who is afraid to tell her religious zealot parents that she's pregnant. That won't be terrifying---no , not at all. She'll probably cry all the way home, anyway. And for weeks that follow--Better, by far, to give her ONE MORE REASON TO CRY. NOT!
 
 
+35 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-10 13:00
Quoting LetsUseOurBrains:
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/ultrasonography/hic_transvaginal_ultrasound.aspx says:

During a transvaginal ultrasound, a tubular probe is inserted into the vaginal canal. The probe is completely covered by a lubricated condom. The probe can be rotated slightly to obtain close contact images of the uterus and ovaries. You will be asked to empty your bladder before the test. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will lie on a padded examining table. A probe is gently inserted into the vagina. There will be minimal discomfort during the test. The ultrasound takes about 40 minutes to complete.

But to really understand,please go to the picture:
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11098/hb15-a-transvaginal-ultrasound-wand-in-every-woman

What part of RAPE, or *UNWILLING* DON'T YOU GET ?
 
 
+8 # je proteste 2012-03-10 13:13
None, I suspect.
Did you follow that last link?
 
 
+6 # James38 2012-03-10 19:20
Cassandra, did you go look at the last link that LetsUseOurBrain s recommended? I think you may not have, and may have misunderstood his meaning.
 
 
+4 # Alyssa 2012-03-11 09:51
Quoting Cassandra2012:
Quoting LetsUseOurBrains:
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/ultrasonography/hic_transvaginal_ultrasound.aspx says:

During a transvaginal ultrasound, a tubular probe is inserted into the vaginal canal. The probe is completely covered by a lubricated condom. The probe can be rotated slightly to obtain close contact images of the uterus and ovaries. You will be asked to empty your bladder before the test. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will lie on a padded examining table. A probe is gently inserted into the vagina. There will be minimal discomfort during the test. The ultrasound takes about 40 minutes to complete.

But to really understand,please go to the picture:
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11098/hb15-a-transvaginal-ultrasound-wand-in-every-woman

What part of RAPE, or *UNWILLING* DON'T YOU GET ?


I think that was his/her point.
 
 
+16 # CL38 2012-03-10 15:56
To REALLY understand, letsuseourbrain s, women readers (and our supporters) have decided that you should be given a lecture every time you buy condoms or Viagra about the 'real' (Santorum-sanct ioned) purpose of sexual activity and how many sperm you're unleashing with each emission. We'll require that your penis is 'gently' probed -- and all sperm removed -- to prevent pregnancies.

This procedure will only take an hour, there will be some discomfort, but its important that we all do our part, and not put this all just on women!
 
 
+12 # James38 2012-03-10 18:43
LetsUseOurBrain s deserves a few up votes. Don't diss him until you see the lower link, and check out the links to articles and photos in the comments under the illustration of the "Shaming Wand" in action. For a group of people - Legislators (so called) yet, to make this STATE RAPE mandatory is so crazy it makes me feel weird about the mentality in the US. I haven't felt this disgusted and horrified for a long time.

In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined this degree of utterly cruel madness to emerge from the minds of actual US citizens. The Republican Religious Right is a bunch of lunatics who probably qualify for incarceration in wards for the criminally insane. Every woman and man with any pretense of sanity should rise up to protest this abuse of human rights. The world needs to react to this one. Assad may be worse, but this is getting right up there with him. These people and their gerrymandering lust for power that goes to such extreme lengths to deny the vote to thousands of fellow citizens have waltzed right off the edge. We need to fight back, because the Repuglycant Taliban is totally focused on destroying any concept of decency and fair play that still exists. They are willing to destroy the country in order to possess it. They have lost all sense of honesty or balance. I fear them. They are like some kind of horrible new disease that makes "flesh eating bacteria" look like a minor rash.
 
 
+18 # oakes721 2012-03-10 12:09
Ultrasound breaks down the cells at the protein level causing physical damage to the body.
 
 
+20 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-10 12:18
Now, now -- after all, we can't go exposing the children to these things... and if American voters aren't children then who is? Right? Sure -- just ask the parents -- uh, I mean politicians of the Fatherland (or motherland) ---- those fearless leaders who know that nothing important can be trusted to the peasants.

This is what authoritarianis m is all about.
 
 
+32 # propsguy 2012-03-10 12:27
what's really disgusting is Perry spokes(wo)man Catherine Frazier's attempt to justify this assault as a way of insuring that women have all the facts before having an abortion.
women who decide that abortion is their only out and last resort know that the thing inside them has a heartbeat. making them look and listen is not going to change their minds and just wastes health care dollars.
 
 
+21 # CL38 2012-03-10 15:49
....and is an attempt to shame, humiliate and coerce women into doing what the demagogue right wants.
 
 
+21 # sj-ias 2012-03-10 12:43
Hmm. For a long time, I have posed the question: "What's the difference between a liberal and a conservative?" To which my answer has been, "A liberal is someone who doesn't mind the government snooping around in your gun closet, but who can't stand the idea of the government snooping around in his bedroom. A conservative is someone who doesn't mine the government snooping around in your bedroom but who can't stand the idea of the government snooping around in his gun closet." Given the new circumstances, maybe it's time to adjust the imagery....
 
 
+24 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-10 12:58
Where is this strip? Wannna' see it!

How about publishing it with his permission on RSN????
 
 
+29 # Progressive Patriot 2012-03-10 13:02
"Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Indianapolis Star, said ... "We simply don't want to be part of the personalization and debasement of political discourse..."

Doesn't he recognize the irony of his statement? In this case, it is the political discourse that has become personalized and debasing.
 
 
+29 # Windy126 2012-03-10 13:11
How much more will we have to endure from the Christian Taliban?
 
 
+28 # Art947 2012-03-10 13:25
Michell wrote: "What scares me is doctors, you remember the do no harm guys, are embracing this new practice." Who says that the members of the medical profession have embraced this new invasion on their patients? I have seen reports of doctors being opposed to this legislation, however, I have seen no reports of doctors "embracing it." I also believe that the men who are forcing this rape on women have indicated that a doctor who does not perform the procedure is guilty of a felony.

I am also amazed that Perry's spokesperson, Ms Frazier, does not see the irony in her statement about the importance of having "all the facts when making a life-ending decision." This lack of knowledge didn't phase her boss from authorizing an execution of an innocent father who had already suffered the devastating loss of his family in a fire. WHAT HYPOCRISY!
 
 
+13 # michelle 2012-03-10 18:50
"I also believe that the men who are forcing this rape on women have indicated that a doctor who does not perform the procedure is guilty of a felony."

Ah yes Art, 'embracing' may not be the right word. Perhaps the old phrase, 'just following orders' works better here. Either you have the ethics and the courage to refuse the orders and face the consequences or you are with the program. Like all of us Doctors have a choice. If all doctors refuse, the policy dies.
 
 
+7 # bugbuster 2012-03-10 13:29
Our local paper is providing the strips on their website next week. It's http://www.registerguard.com.

I think they just don't want a lot of flak and people agitating to kill the strip altogether. Some folks on the other side of the river get their panties all in a bunch about things like that.
 
 
+26 # oceanlanguage 2012-03-10 13:40
I do believe it's time to avert many of these problems by developing a device that penetrates the male organs -- transpenile or something -- to show the face of each of those sperm which that male is figuring to spill, possibly conceiving a child. He then could look at the face of each little guy before he lets it loose into the world, and realize the gravity of his actions.
 
 
+29 # Gibbous 2012-03-10 13:51
Our paper isn't running it so I canceled my newspaper subscription for the week it's not being run and sent a letter to the editor.
 
 
+8 # michelle 2012-03-10 18:51
Great idea.
 
 
+32 # polpuffin 2012-03-10 14:01
As a retired abortion rights activist for 30 years, I am currently rejoicing in the strong pushback from women all over the nation. This law and the anti-contracept ion noises the Republicans and religious right are making have done what activists have failed to: waking up the female sleeping giant. Let's all reject this contraceptive nonsense.
 
 
+22 # noitall 2012-03-10 15:17
I wish that these people who feel they can dictate our morality will reassess the outrageous filth that is the militarization of our streets, the destruction of our Republic, the treatment of our People, and the hatred that is spewed from their own columns.
 
 
+4 # James38 2012-03-10 23:22
The Drug War needs an "honorable Mention" here. That fiasco has been totally destructive, has accomplished nothing but spawning the "Private Prison For Profit' industry and giving the US absolute world leadership in percentage of population incarcerated. No other country comes close. Not Red China, Not North Korea, Not Russia, The US reigns SUPREME.

Drug Laws Make Drug Lords

Prohibition Never Works.

Laws restricting a woman's right to control her own body are Prohibition Laws "born" from the warped minds of the US Taliban Religionazi Far Right, which, as in the case of laws prohibiting the production and use of certain substances, cause needless suffering and death.
 
 
+13 # cordleycoit 2012-03-10 15:23
I remember The Colorado Springs Gazette A mildly fascist rag. I subscribed to until the banned the cartoon. They are now a bankrupt fascist newspaper. Newspapers are passing away because they have lost not only interest for their reader but any sense of humor and irony. Do the publishers get the point, no.
 
 
+21 # lcarrier 2012-03-10 15:28
When are men going to stop hounding women on the care of their bodies? Why don't they take care of their own bodies and leave reproductive health to those who have a real interest in it?
 
 
+17 # seeuingoa 2012-03-10 15:31
After the frontpage headlines in International Herald Tribune,
the Doonesbury strip is my first read.

If the virgin Mary had wanted to abort
Jesus in Texas, does that mean that
Governor Rick Perry would have perforated
a virgin?
 
 
+21 # Underledge 2012-03-10 15:33
Censorship is one reason why newspapers are a dying breed. RIP
 
 
+17 # Stelz 2012-03-10 15:35
Why weren't Capp and Bushmiller on the editorial page? That era was a lot less biased than this one, TV news was Walter Cronkite, NOT what passes for news on FOX. They made an EFFORT not to endorse one side, sometimes people got fired for doing that. News was news and comics were comics. Nobody cared of there was political stuff in the comics or if some kid saw it and maybe learned something about current events, it was called the FUNNY PAPERS and it was for EVERYBODY. You think the kids don't hear talk radio when their parents have it on in the car? Why should they be hammered with the right wing agenda and no opposing ideas? That's just creepy.

If you look at the places this strip isn't being run, or is being buried in the editorial page, it's all red states full of prolifers and religious zealots.

It's ART and censoring art is part of TOTALITARIANISM .
 
 
+20 # SallyB 2012-03-10 15:38
Both of the newspapers I receive are being cowardly about this and refusing to run the strip this week and substituting something else instead. So I guess if I want to read this week's strip I will have to go online to do so. Well, I call that censorship and it angers me that newspapers are engaging in blatant censorship when they are supposed to be the guardians of free speech. Sad that we've reached a day when newspapers are afraid of their own shadows like that. No wonder they are in such bad shape financially that many of them are closing down. When you have consolidation of media like that and they control the media and tell them what they can and cannot say, we lose our right of free speech. Are we just going to roll over and do nothing about this? I say, let's take action and DO SOMETHING. We can sit here and talk all we like but until we DO SOMETHING, we are being just as cowardly as they are. So don't just sit there in front of your computer screen, get up and DO SOMETHING! Cancel your newspaper subscription until they agree to run the strip again. Do not be party to their censorship. Speak with your wallet. It's the only language that the media knows. When subscribers leave them in droves, they will listen. Take action. Do something. NOW. And post here when you have cancelled your newspaper. Let's make our voices heard LOUD AND CLEAR that we won't take this stuff sitting down anymore. End the war on women NOW.
 
 
+13 # CL38 2012-03-10 15:48
this is something for the occupy movement. occupy those newspapers refusing to carry the abortion law strip.
 
 
+20 # Stelz 2012-03-10 16:00
It's ok to shove a stick up a woman for no good reason but not to lampoon it.

What does that tell you? :P
 
 
+11 # T4D 2012-03-10 18:00
Just can't wait for Doonesbury's strip on a requirement for a male to have a proctal brain scan before purchasing condoms. Everybody knows that is where many men think.
 
 
+17 # FLAK88 2012-03-10 18:06
I think some people are confused as to who is supposed to be 'offended' here. Isn't it the women who will be subjected to these ridiculous, invasion exams and the rest of us who are watching not only reproductive freedom, but civil liberty being stripped overnight ? I can CARE LESS if moronic, bible thumping imbeciles don't care for the Doonesbury strips. It's a small token of retaliation for what they have subjected others to. They should be forced to read these strips; maybe it would teach them something about the First Amendment !
 
 
+6 # Alyssa 2012-03-11 10:05
Quoting FLAK88:
I think some people are confused as to who is supposed to be 'offended' here. Isn't it the women who will be subjected to these ridiculous, invasion exams and the rest of us who are watching not only reproductive freedom, but civil liberty being stripped overnight ? I can CARE LESS if moronic, bible thumping imbeciles don't care for the Doonesbury strips. It's a small token of retaliation for what they have subjected others to. They should be forced to read these strips; maybe it would teach them something about the First Amendment !


It's funny. The religious right complain, loudly, about the "war on religion" but they are the one allowed to get in everyone else's face every chance they get. They're allowed booths outside of Walmart to sell their religious music; they're allowed to sit inside and hand out their religious tracts; they're allowed to knock on your door at all hours to try and convert you; they're even allowed to pollute by leaving literature under your car window.

I often wonder what would happen if people from other religious or atheists wanted to do the same thing...
 
 
+5 # FLAK88 2012-03-11 15:28
Their complaints about "war on religion" is a strategy to undermine efforts to preserve separation of Church/ State. Listen to Rick Santorum (I don't recommend it on a full stomach, however) and you'll get a classic example of how it works. He even outright attacks JFK's famous speech, that absolutely defines the concept. It's amazing how devolved (many) Americans have become in 40 years !
 
 
+10 # frdboesl 2012-03-10 23:26
And who own most of the newspapers that print the "news they want us to read" ?
The Murdock propaganda machine!
We don't get News, we get feed garbage!
An actress in court is going to affect your life?
10 minutes of that and 30 second of hard news.
Sad! And 90% eat it up!
 
 
+10 # lorenbliss 2012-03-11 00:40
The censorship of Doonesbury strip illustrates perfectly why we do not have official government censorship here in the United States. What we have instead is privatized censorship -- censorship imposed by the One Percent through their ownership of the nation's mass media. This way the One Percent's servants in government can claim there's still freedom of speech and press, that the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law...") is still at least partially in effect. The bitter truth though is we are the most relentlessly censored, ruthlessly brain-policed nation in human history.
 
 
+6 # Pancho 2012-03-11 05:38
"Mallard Fillmore" doesn't make it either as social commentary nor humor. It's devoid of cleverness, confined largely to regurgitating slogans rather than provoking thought.

I assume it is carried as a politically correct sop to the right wing radicals, to defuse complaints about media running the Doonesbury strip.
 
 
+6 # glenn 2012-03-11 08:53
Ah, Tex - ass.

"If I owned Hell and Texas, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell."

-- General Sheridan

I suppose he was criticizing the climate, but it seems some of the people might not be too perfect either.
 
 
+1 # carioca 2012-03-12 01:35
Quoting glenn:
Ah, Tex - ass.

"If I owned Hell and Texas, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell."

-- General Sheridan

I suppose he was criticizing the climate, but it seems some of the people might not be too perfect either.

Har, har, har............ .
 
 
+3 # Ellioth 2012-03-11 09:31
Women - and those comfortable with their own feminine energy (yes - that means men too) - UNITE. This nutty bull---t from the far right leaching into the info-sphere is a huge opportunity to unite around the health and well-being of all women, and therefore for all people. Talk about civil rights. Time for all people with heart, soul, compassion to unite against the mostly white-male controlled rabid anti-choice and vote them out of elective office and support those who truly cherish civil rights and freedom - of choices. Unite for the rights of the superior of our species - women (I'm a man, very happily married to the woman of my dreams for 38 years, 2 wonderful kids). ElliotH
 
 
+1 # Patriot 2012-03-12 08:54
Thank you, Ellioth, on behalf of women.
 
 
+5 # Alyssa 2012-03-11 10:02
I think that it is sad that our legislators are spending more time pandering to the christian taliban than working on creating jobs and moving us forward. In fact, they seem intent on pushing us back to a place and time that truly never existed.

I hear these old white men complaining about how things "used to be" but a brief look at history will show that these men are looking at the world through racist and misogynistic eyes. Women, before Roe vs. Wade, died in back alley abortions. Remember, rich women had D&Cs; poor women had abortions. People of color were relegated to the "back of the bus."

These old white men want to hold on to whatever small thread of power they have left. They will use fear and intimidation to do so.

Think about this for a moment; before the Taliban took over, Afghanistan was very similar to the United States. Now women are forced to cover themselves head to toe and forgo any type of education. No longer do women occupy the highest levels of education and government.

This latest war on women will lead down that same path if we let it. Women and minorities must stand up and fight against this type of tyranny.
 
 
+3 # heraldmage 2012-03-11 21:05
Its about time it was exposed what women who wish to undergo a legal medical procedure are forced to go through. Because the Religious right Evangelicals are legislating the imposition of their religion. When life begins medically is not the same as the religious right. For women to be medically raped & tortured by being forced to watch something that is magnified 10-20 times because under normal conditions it can not be heard, seen or exist outside the body(the medical definition of when life begins)
When are the rest of us going to stand up to the religious minority?
If they cared so much about life then why are they the largest supporter of war. They think nothing of killing innocent children, women & men in other nations and our children who became soldiers to defend our nation not their foreign assets & accumulation of wealth.
It's time they get out of our personal lives. The decision to have an abortion is the woman's and her alone she doesn't need an ultrasound to understand what she is doing.
We must take a stand now!!! They have gone to far an embryo is not alive anymore than the liver, ovaries, uterus, gallbladder or appendix are. It is part of the woman's body and can not survive outside it.
Regardless of how you feel about the subject it is unconstitutiona l to impose your religious values on anyone except your minor children.
If you care so much about life stop all the wars, & targeted assassinations.
 
 
+2 # James38 2012-03-12 07:33
This is an interesting point, herald: "...it is unconstitutiona l to impose your religious values on anyone except your minor children."

Does it really make sense to allow children to be programmed while they are too young to think about the issues? Of course the other part of the question would be, "How could this programming be prevented or avoided?" No easy answers occur to that one. One of the major challenges to becoming more aware is how to recognize and eliminate social programming that leads to unconscious acceptance of attitudes. Things like racism and religious fervor result from programming from various sources from birth on. Until the search for programming within oneself begins with the recognition of the problem, nothing challenges these attitudes. They are accepted as completely normal, essential and unquestionable.
 
 
+2 # Patriot 2012-03-12 08:56
Well stated.
 
 
+1 # Pickwicky 2012-03-13 14:37
I can think of few things so morally obnoxious as brainwashing children with religious doctrines and religious myths.
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-17 00:31
I agree, Pick, but how do we stop it without becoming a worse force of repression than the "tyranny of belief"?

Could "Persons of Faith" (which I find to be a pejorative phrase bordering on gross insult) understand that their concept of reality should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco? Not made available to minors?

I have long thought of starting a "religion" of truth, that simply educates people about the concept of the "unchecked assumption". Seeking the programming within oneself would be a main meditation.

Interestingly enough, Science has the same problem. For example, there is a very common assumption, wholly unproven, that has acquired the status of an article of unquestioned faith among many so-called scientists. That is the theory that awareness results from the brain. There are holes in that one you can drive a truck through, but try to suggest the alternative to a "scientist". Can be very hard to do. I suspect that one reason is the battle between science (as logical honesty) and religions, which of course peaked during the inquisition. Some scientists may identify any idea of awareness existing separate from the body as a religious concept, which is not necessary at all.
 

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