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As we reported back on March 12, Garry Trudeau has done it again. The intrepid comic strip author has ventured into forbidden political territory once more, and is banned by many publications again. Here is Part 1 of the banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon. -- ma/RSN

The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 1. (image: Universal Uclick)
The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 1. (image: Universal Uclick)


The Banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon:
Part 1

Garry Trudeau, Reader Supported News

19 March 12

 

As we reported back on March 12, Garry Trudeau has done it again. The intrepid comic strip author has ventured into forbidden political territory once more, and is banned by many publications again. Here is Part 1 of the banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon. -- ma/RSN



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



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+220 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-19 15:10
Go, Trudeau!
 
 
+50 # ER444 2012-03-20 00:07
I think it is time to put "The Scarlett Letter" (nice touch with the "A" back on the clipboard) in our reading lists in the schools. While we are at it, some politicians should read it too. As Mark Twain put it "We are not evolvoíng from the lower creatures, rather devolving and losing a great deal in the process."
 
 
+5 # rp7943 2012-03-22 06:57
I read it in high school. I doubt that any of today's politicians, especially the religious types, could learn anything from it if they read it.
 
 
+71 # Barbara K 2012-03-20 04:04
What happened to the Patient Privacy law? We have to give the names of anyone who can have any of our medical info. Releasing any medical info. is a violation of that law. Why is no one screaming about that? Those "laws" should be blocked by that Patient Privacy Act if nothing else. Anyone giving out info can be sued.
 
 
+58 # Rita Walpole Ague 2012-03-20 06:38
And right on Trudeau was years ago, when he outed his Yale classmate, a Bushie nicknamed "W" for what he is, a member of the "all noblese, no oblige" Bushwhackers, those greed and power addicted 1%ers who, along with the Kochsuckers and other evil villainaires have now nearly enslaved us all here in the U.S. and across the world.

Lots and lots we have to do to.....

UNDO THE COUP!!!
 
 
+155 # pianosaurus rex 2012-03-19 17:12
Trudeau could spend a fortune and not receive a better marketing/adver tising strategy.

Each successive banning has a direct correlation to the rise in popularity of the desire to read the banned materials.
 
 
+16 # FatCharley 2012-03-21 03:26
You said it! Censorship could be the greatest inducement to uncovering the truth - certainly for those with the true civil courage it often requires to take on the censors. Bravo to them and "freedom medals" for helping to uphold our constitutional rights in these times when they are under attack.
 
 
+78 # macmartin 2012-03-19 19:44
A tip of the hat to the San Francisco Chronicle. They continue to run Doonesbury, same place in the paper, no censorship.
 
 
+174 # Regina 2012-03-19 20:04
Unfortunately Trudeau did these strips too soon. The latest monstrosity is coming along in Arizona, where the legislature is pushing a bill to publish the id's of both doctor and patient for every abortion. Obviously the next step is to tattoo a big red A on these women's foreheads -- though this time it will stand for abortion instead of the original such signage, which was for adultery. The War Against Women is an old American tradition.
 
 
-98 # Kiwikid 2012-03-19 23:02
Looks like the war against the unwanted unborn is now a firmly entrenched progressive tradition. I know, I know, my 'red thumbs down' rating will go through the roof. I just don't get how my progressive friends so blithely fail to see the contradiction in their own positon. Maybe deep down they do, which is why it provokes so much rage in them when people like me (a progressive on most other issues)dare to voice an alternative viewpoint.
 
 
+87 # Striketoo 2012-03-20 06:49
I have no problem with your viewpoint. A healthy dose of disagreement is what keeps us all thinking and "real." The problem comes when that differing viewpoint tries to prevent my viewpoint from being expressed through censorship and tries to limit my choices to practice my viewpoint through draconian laws. Please, express your viewpoint, just don't demonize others for doing the same.
 
 
-26 # Kiwikid 2012-03-20 11:35
In the words attributed to Voltaire 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.' I'm delighted we can engage in this discussion in a respectful way. Freedom of speech is one thing, freedom to do harm and ultimately extinguish a life is quite another. This surely cannot be simply about one's right to choose, trumping another's right to live. I appreciate how agonising that choice must be. And, indeed, it must be so. When it is not so we loose something at the very core of our humanity.
 
 
+14 # CL38 2012-03-22 14:02
Republican men think this is about their right to decide everyone's fate. Women will never go back to being breeders for men with no right to determine our lives.

I don't think you have an ounce of appreciation for how agonizing these choices are!

Respect for others right to make their own decisions is at the core of 'humanity'. Women are not chattel or about to become men's property, ever again.
 
 
+15 # Patch 2012-03-22 14:12
Andrew, whenever I hear someone talk against abortion I wonder if they have looked at the BIG picture. If abortion were made illegal, it would not stop the practice, which has been around as long as women have gotten pregnant. (Medicine women in tribal societies had herbs to give to unmarried woman who conceived.) It would stop it for poor women who would not be able to go somewhere and obtain one but only inconvenience it for women with means.

And there is this child to consider. An unwanted child is an abused child. Sometimes the abuse is subtle in growing up with the feeling of being unloved and unwanted. Sometimes the abuse is more serious being mental, physical and/or sexual.

Furthermore, there is the socialitial impact. More people on the planet which it can ill afford, more handicapped people, more poverty, a rise in crime years down the road.

In short if abortion is evil, I think it is the lesser of two evils, the greater one being the child abuse and fallout of making it illegal.
 
 
+22 # propsguy 2012-03-22 18:05
that other's right to live as you call it is dependent on MY body. it doesn't live without me. if you had a cancerous tumor growing inside you, i might make a case that those out of control cells constitute a life as important as your own and i might pass laws making you live with your tumor and support it.
i'll tell you where the REAL hypocrisy lies in this backward country. i am willing to bet the european countries have far lower rates of abortion. why? because they provide medical care, prenatal and post natal care, education, etc. because their social support nets give people the freedom to have and love their children without fear that they will be bankrupted b them.
everyone here goes on about family values but wants to slash the minimum wage so that parents have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet and can't spend any time with their children.
all you control freaks care about is birth; you don't give a rat's ass about the life that comes after birth.
 
 
+23 # FatCharley 2012-03-21 03:56
Many of us grandmother-con tributors can think back to the days when it could take considerable effort to gain access to female-controll ed birth control (and this was at a time in our lives when our bodies were probably bathed in "just DO it!!" hormones). It was totally GOOD for us - and our partner(s) to be free to enjoy "learning the ropes" on the sexual front (as well as on the career front)while having the means to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

I thank Planned Parenthood in New York City to this day for advising me and supporting me in my wish to delay pregnancy until I, personally, really welcomed it.
 
 
+120 # MJnevetS 2012-03-20 07:16
Andrew, as you calmly stated your view, I will courteously and calmly reply. MOST people aren't 'for' abortion. It is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to have to make. Nonetheless, it is HER decision to make. All of these laws being pushed through by Tea-Party backed legislators are an attempt to force their RELIGIOUS morality on others. This is exactly the opposite of our 1st Amendment. Torturing a woman to coerce her to your point of view is ridiculous, when she may already AGREE with your point of view (that abortion is wrong), but is forced through personal circumstances to view that as the lesser of two evils. Unlike what the religious right attempts to paint, women are not having sex without protection expecting to use abortion as their contraceptive of choice. (perhaps this will be the case if our school- children are kept ignorant by having our schools fail to teach sexual/biologic al science and instead teach abstinence only. It is proper under our 1st Amendment to have a personal belief (religious or otherwise) and voice same. It is a violation of other people's 1st Amendment rights to force your beliefs upon them.
 
 
+32 # Kiwikid 2012-03-20 11:39
Thank you, MJ. I accept much of what you say, and as I implied to Striketoo, I cannot imagine any decisions more difficult to make.
 
 
+18 # juliajayne 2012-03-20 09:05
Look, a dude who thinks he knows what it's like to be a scared, pregnant young woman without resources. No problem dude. You'll never have to worry about any of that. Lucky son of a gun! Makes a dude mighty smug and self assured in his position. Thanks for your alternative viewpoint. We've never heard it before.
 
 
+51 # chomper2 2012-03-20 11:34
Andrew, I don't know what you are smoking. There is no "war against the unwanted unborn." There is, however, serious, Constitutional objection to trying to legislate against a woman's right to make such choices. You don't have to agree with the choice, but your US citizenship obligates you, as Voltaire supposedly once said, "to defend to the death" her right to make it. And your "blithe" progressive friends do not contradict themselves when they are upset (your word is "rage"). You want rage? How about the physical harassment of women and the murdering of medical doctors? Now that is rage, and it's all on your side.
 
 
+16 # lionsdenmother 2012-03-21 07:11
the issue i have with these laws is that you don't see the same harrashment of men who want some viagra as you do with women who simply want to end an unwanted pregnacy. why is a womans privacy less important then a mans? if Az get there way and publishes names i want them to also publish mens names who take viagra.
 
 
+2 # Karlus58 2012-03-21 10:55
Please do voice your alternative viewpoint for us. Spell it out mate.
 
 
+2 # CL38 2012-03-22 14:07
The progressive view is not a contradiction.

I think you need to see the contradictions in your own extreme positions. How nice for you that you will never have to face such choices.
 
 
+3 # armadillo17 2012-03-24 03:12
I don't see a contradiction because a cluster of embryonic cells is not a "baby" except in the imaginations of male politicians. People have an absolute right to control their own fertility, and that includes abortion. Besides, the idea that all you have to do to get rid of abortion is to criminalize it, blithely ignores centuries of recorded fact, which is that abortion has always been with us, as one of the oldest forms of birth control (my own grandmother had eight of them--when abortion was illegal and most poor immigrants like her knew nothing of contraception). The hard fact is that not every sexual act is an expression of love and devotion; sometimes it represents lust and nothing more. People are choosing to have only the children that they want, the ones that reflect a relationship and a commitment. This is a step forward for the human race, not a lurch back to barbarism. Should people be permitted to have sexual intercourse only when they want children? Because no contraceptive method is 100% effective and even one that is 99.99% effective will produce thousands of unwanted pregnancies every year in this country. So all the preaching about "using birth control" is basically irrelevant. In order for a woman to be totally free of sexual tyranny abortion MUST be preserved as viable option.
 
 
+41 # Merschrod 2012-03-20 04:30
Regina, I think that along with publishing the id of the patient and the doctor, they should publish the super ego of the congress critters in that district!

On a serious note, the drift toward the Talib way in the US is brutal. Here we are supposedly fighting the Taliban who are too conservative and our own Christian Talibs are fighting enlightenment at home. Logical I guess, but we'd better wake up. Good for Trudeau and also the papers who put the 'toon on the Op-Ed page - more will spot it and read it who would not ordinarily read it.
 
 
+76 # DaveM 2012-03-19 20:14
No sex, please--we're American!
 
 
+100 # Billy Bob 2012-03-19 20:22
I think a big THANK YOU should go out to the papers that banned this cartoon, for bringing it to the attention of ALL of us.
 
 
+189 # FLAK88 2012-03-19 20:38
What REALLY gets me about these bannings is that there is absolutely nothing graphic or offensive in Gary's strips. There never has been ! All he days is explain the process that has been prescribed by the legislation; he illustrates in cartoons the reality of the law. That's it - nothing more; nothing less. You could read the fine print in the law and get the same information. It's interesting that Gary gets banned, but Limbaugh is still slithering away out there...
 
 
+16 # Merschrod 2012-03-20 04:32
Censorship sure brings out the PR and that is what is needed to make people understand the crummy legislators.
 
 
+31 # Billy Bob 2012-03-20 05:41
Yes, but he calls attention to facts that conservatives don't like to admit.
 
 
+91 # Daisy 2012-03-19 20:45
Would you believe, the Chicago Tribune played them in their entirity.
 
 
+28 # Maxwell 2012-03-19 21:52
So did the San Francisco Chronicle, to my surprise, but also to its credit.
 
 
+103 # Susan W 2012-03-19 20:47
My small town newspaper printed the entire series. Of course it is employee-family owned so the corporate pressure was not there.

The ironic thing is our state legislature just today passed the same law for women in Idaho. How sick.
 
 
+28 # NOMINAE 2012-03-20 00:13
Quoting Susan W:

The ironic thing is our state legislature just today passed the same law for women in Idaho. How sick.


@ Susan W

Yes indeedy ! I don't know how the numbers run now, but when I lived in Idaho in the late '80s, Mormons made up about 45 percent of the state population, while the Idaho State Legislature in Boise was proud of being 95 percent Mormon.

Mormon women are expected to keep grinning in public like Stepford Wifes, keep repeating "Life is good" like a mantra, and otherwise make as little noise as possible.

So, "ironic", yes. Surprising ? Not so much.
 
 
+12 # Billy Bob 2012-03-20 05:42
I believe Idaho is the most repuglican state in the Union.
 
 
+20 # Susan W 2012-03-20 11:39
It is "proud" to call itself the whitest, reddist state in the union. Those of us not white, or Mormon, or rich, or male, or farmers still do exist albeit in very small, isolated pockets not near large enough to influence legislation.
 
 
+90 # ckosuda 2012-03-19 21:06
yeah - a middle-aged or old man who probably visits prostitutes / thinks child brides are okie-dokie, and doesn't pay his child support!
 
 
+9 # Night Raider 2012-03-19 22:47
My thoughts exactly, ckosuda. You took the words out of my mouth.
 
 
-6 # Merschrod 2012-03-20 04:35
Trudeau should have used the term "old goat" legislator. You can't trust them if they are over 30!
 
 
0 # Innocent Victim 2012-03-21 13:44
Confucious say:

"Old man who does not visit prostitute must take himself in hand."
 
 
+19 # williamgaia 2012-03-19 21:30
why are all of you complaining? who sent these "the wisest possible citizens" to make laws for all of us?
 
 
+20 # dick 2012-03-19 21:36
How do zealous minorities get the power to pass these unpopular laws? Could it be because they faithfully, predictably, reliably organize, vote? If legislators thought the majority opponents of these laws were going to get off their butts & organize & replace the middle aged male legislators, the outcome would change, no? However, those middle aged male legislators KNOW who's going to actually organize, vote, so they vote accordingly themselves. The MAJORITY of those eligible to vote in virtually every state is FEMALE. Where are they on election day? Where are the complaining males? Voters win; whiners lose. That's democracy. Trudeau should aim a few strips at THAT, no? It's where the real problem lies.
 
 
+11 # X Dane 2012-03-20 16:07
You are so right dick, however, I think this November we will see a lot of women voting, there is so much anger in us now, and thank heaven many men are also seeing the light.

We need to have the poor suckers, who vote against their own interest, wake up and understand that they have been cruelly hoodwinked.

It blows my mind that they can not see that republicans want to do away with S.S. and medicare, and they are working hard to kill Pell grants and otherwise cut education for children of the middle class, and the working poor.

It is a brilliant idea to have Trudeau do a series about the voting, or lack of it. I am going to try to contact him and ask him to do that. You always have such sane comments Dick. And a very respectful way of commenting.
 
 
+12 # Regina 2012-03-21 10:31
We need women not just voting, but running and getting elected. The right-wing war against women won't stop until we have women where the votes count.
 
 
+18 # X Dane 2012-03-19 21:47
I am happy that LA Times print them, and I am sure Trudeau can keep it going. And as someone said, he is just printing the truth. nothing more nothing less. The republicans are treating women so horribly I am sure some republican women may not vote at all. I certainly hope so.
 
 
+23 # pres 2012-03-19 21:51
Yes, they expect you to go ahead and have a child you cannot afford and raise it with money and time you don't have.
Yet they also minimize any orphanage funding. You can't keep your cake and eat it!
Perhaps these inhumane, selfish, inconsiderate legislators get some perverted satisfaction in making life as difficult as possible for so many unfortunate people.
 
 
-70 # Diogenese 2012-03-19 22:06
I read the entire series on AOL and was offended by the partisan politics. The younger generations obviously support Fluke, as they have enjoyed more sexual freedom than in my time. No one ever paid for birth control for me or anyone in my entire family and wouldn't expect them to. I never needed any form of birth control prior to my marriage, nor did my daughter. The pill had not been invented yet, so we paid for condoms only to prevent having children until we could afford a family. Our daughter and her husband paid for birth control pills for the same reason, to prevent having children until they could afford to have them. Why should I pay for some one else's sexual pleasures or any insurance company or employer? As for abortions, I am only in favor in the event of rape, incest of to save the life of the mother. If you don't want to have children, then take the necessary precautions and pay for it yourself. To end a life because of your personal selfishness or stupidity, is wrong.
 
 
+53 # macmartin 2012-03-20 09:59
Diogenes, you left out the critical part of Sandra Fluke's story. She wanted to testify because a friend needed birth control pills to control cysts on her ovaries. She couldn't afford the medication, and as a consequence lost an ovary. It had nothing to do with her sexual conduct.
 
 
+20 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-20 11:50
More should be made aware of needing these pill to stop Ovarian Cancer...but I do not see this either.
Awareness not for the public anymore...mostl y the Public is tooooo lazy to do the homework, grow up, and learn something
 
 
+18 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-20 11:49
If I work for an employer for 40 or more hours a week, they pay for my insurance, who there in turns pays for part or all of my medications, contraceptives are prescribed, therefore medication....I am in fact paying for these by my working not you.
For all those of you who scream about Welfare babies...when pharamceuticals offered free condoms, free contraceptives, your Hypocritical Church Politicians said not to allow it.
Have a matter than perhaps you should find out against whom. As so many you think you pay for me, I do not think so.
If you look at that % of taxes you pay it wouldnot supply anyone with any medical needs.
Most people today are not ending life unless it is rape, disease, or they cannot carry full term. The 1% however still provide abortions for their kids so they are not marrying the 'Wrong" $.
Poor people cannot afford abortions, middle class carried the blame so the only money in 50/60/70's came from Rich Snobs and it still does. Believe me Nittwit, Shankedorum would all cover up abortion if they had to ...

I too could not do pills, used condoms, but in the end I was lucky to have one child due to my body. But I do not tell others what to do with their bodies..it is not my business. I pay for little for anyone else. Welfare should have to do contraception and drug tests. They should also do drug rehab, and go to work programs. But first there must be jobs
 
 
+27 # Cassandra2012 2012-03-20 15:45
Ah , but did they pay for Viagra or Cialis? Did they pay for --essentially useless-- prostate exams?
Agreeing with double standards for men and women is not ok, or well-thought out.
And I am 71, so please do not continue this false 'younger generation' barrage of misinformation. If church-run organizations like hospitals want to continue to be both tax-exempt and be on the public tax-payer dole (i.e., accept Medicare and Medicaid) then they also need to be a genuine part of the national economy and be subject to the very same rules/ laws... .
 
 
+14 # skeptic 2012-03-21 05:53
Diogenese, I understand you don't want to pay for somebody elses contraceptives, but you'll end up paying a lot more if the person is on welfare and carries the child to term. There are a lot of things I wish I didn't have to pay for. I've never had children so I'd love to opt out of education spending. I don't approve of the war in Afganistan, so I'd like to stop paying for that. I think a much greater percentage of my tax dollars goes for those two causes, than it does for birth control.
 
 
+31 # Peace Anonymous 2012-03-19 22:28
Who owns ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, AND FOX? Who has the agenda? Where is this freedom thing I have heard so much about? I have often wondered why so many men had so many opinions on abortion? It really is all about control isn't it? Which makes the Shaming Room very appropriate. Why are they so afraid? (FYI - I am a middle aged man)
 
 
+20 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-20 11:51
That Representative should be in that shaming room, he is the one deserving to be shamed.
 
 
+10 # X Dane 2012-03-20 18:46
Peace, I think they ARE scared because women are really coming up in the world.
An article last Friday in Time Magazine showed how women are doing quite well financially. The Cover even had a "woman" crafted of dollar bills and the Caption: The richer $ex.

That will no doubt scare a lot of men. Especially now when so many are out of work.
So the republicans will find other ways to PUSH WOMEN DOWN. Limbaugh took great pleasure in trying to make people think that Miss Fluke was a slut and a prostitute, and of course republicans didn't rebuke him.
Thankfully you are an enlightened man, and I am glad to see that there are many others on RSN.
 
 
+28 # angelfish 2012-03-19 22:34
Isn't it funny how Freedom of speech has become censored VOLUNTARILY by certain News Media? So much for the Land of the Free. Gary Trudeau is to be congratulated on his strip for exposing the hypocrisy of the THUGS and all those who refused to acknowledge the fact that the Emperor is, once again, dancing naked in the street!
 
 
+28 # swissms 2012-03-19 23:28
Thanks for posting this. I live in Europe where I don't get the strip unless my family sends me the Sunday comics from the LATimes. Glad to see what all the hullabaloo was about. Grateful for Gary's gift in expressing clever, ever-vigilant, right-on social commentary.
 
 
+19 # sharag 2012-03-19 23:31
Trudeau, as always, is great. What happened to the Freedom of Speech again? I guess Limbaugh can fill us in on that one.
 
 
+7 # maurycodem 2012-03-20 01:11
The interesting thing for me here is found in these comments. Arizona and Idaho have deceptively similar legislation enacted...and just this week, the Tennessee legislature comes out with an identical bill. Is this too close to call "Shens" on? Yet?
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-20 11:54
Where are the Women? Shame on them.
 
 
+8 # Gnome de Pluehm 2012-03-20 03:36
Where is part 2?
 
 
+28 # tuandon 2012-03-20 04:10
THIS was banned? Our "news" media are a bunch of spineless worms.
 
 
+7 # KittatinyHawk 2012-03-20 11:53
Killing innocents is not banned, we teach kids to do it...but this was banned. Don't figure
 
 
+8 # brenda 2012-03-20 05:15
Ya, ain't it funny. Ban the cartoon and it becomes more popular. Just like the rating system. Label a movie as "PG" and all the kiddies will watch it. Rate a movie "R" or "X" and everyone and the kiddies in the world want to see the movie.
 
 
+14 # ssculptor 2012-03-20 05:16
The New York Daily News is running it in its entirety.
 
 
+28 # lilpat126 2012-03-20 05:45
Election day is coming. Vote out these creeps no what level of government they are in. Local, State or Federal. They show no respect for women or families. By running with this they are running away from the real issues. Like how big business is ripping us all off and why the rich should pay more taxes.
 
 
+6 # MainStreetMentor 2012-03-20 06:04
Ah! The marvels of the inventive mind never cease to amaze! Wonderful!
 
 
+21 # Wind in His Hair 2012-03-20 06:32
It is strange business. It is okay to legislate the use of the "shaming wand" and to use it on teenagers but to speak of it to the masses gets you banned. It is bad enough when life deals a young lass with promising future a bad hand without some non related person "shaming" them.
 
 
+12 # panhead49 2012-03-20 06:42
Before you gripe on RSN have you called the folks at your local paper? I get my DB online and immediately noticed it did not jive with the tactile paper I was holding. When I called our local rag they had been told that GT was on vacation, that was what corporate had told them when they sent them. Our local little paper then printed all the current ones along with a great commentary on Sunshine Week.
 
 
+30 # chrisconnolly 2012-03-20 10:44
Yes this is a war against women and thank you GT for humanizing it. I absolutely do not like abortion, but I absolutely do believe in choice. I do not live every other woman's reality. And just how is paying higher insurance premiums for health insurance coverage of viagra different or more moral than paying premiums that cover contraception or even abortions. The person who needs an MRI is not supporting contraceptive choice by using their health insurance. If it covers viagra without conscience why are so many feeling that their religious beliefs are stunted by covering contraception? They aren't being mandated to take viagra anymore than they are birth control pills....
 
 
+17 # chomper2 2012-03-20 16:26
No one likes abortion. I have no statistics to prove it but I would bet bundles that Planned Parenthood has prevented more abortions through counselling and other services than have all the so-called anti-abortion groups put together. All the latter have done is drive the procedure underground where it is terribly unsafe for the woman, and all just to satisfy their disgusting religious fervor.
 
 
+21 # KLA3114 2012-03-20 11:49
Thanks to Gary Trudeau! This is a great way to refute the politicians who are pandering to the religious right, and who are trying desperately to "out right" the right. I don't believe, for a moment, that women seek to terminate their pregnancies without going through much soul searching and struggles with their conscience. There is no justification for the sonogram tests etc..other than mean spirited wishes to punish!
 
 
+29 # whit22 2012-03-20 12:34
They LOVE the Fetus, but hate the child!
 
 
+32 # aljoschu 2012-03-20 12:49
It appears: America, the land of the free, is more and more turning into Yemen, or Dubai, or Iran - as far as the rights of women are concerned. This is what wars do to you - they turn you exactly into what you are fighting against! Congratulations .
 
 
-24 # Innocent Victim 2012-03-20 17:13
I thought cartoons were supposed to be clever! I oppose the mandatory sonogram, but surely there are wittier riposts.
 
 
+8 # lionsdenmother 2012-03-21 07:21
my mother told me stories when i got pregnant in high school, about her mother being forced by her father to have not one but 3 abortions, before they were safe and approved by law. She also told me stories of women so ashamed they commited suicide. She gave me the choice in 1973 to keep my baby or have an abortion after giving me the facts and the story behind womens suffering before a safe abortion was legal. by the way my grandmother died at 47 of uterine cancer perhaps due to the scrapping of the uterine wall so many times when a D&C was the method doctors used back then. sometime between the 20's and the 40's. I don't know about anyone else but i dont want my granddaughter to go back to that time should she get into trouble, unmarried or while seeking a college education or career.
 
 
-12 # Innocent Victim 2012-03-21 10:29
After receiving 11 thumbs-down, I had another look at the cartoon to see if I had missed something. Sorry folks, the Doonesbury cartoon is just a banal restatement of what we know to be true. There is nothing novel in it, no new insight, no pithy and memorable statement. Even the drawing of the characters is to my eye uninspiring. I give myself a thumbs-up for good judgment!
 
 
+17 # wwway 2012-03-20 21:25
Hey, I'm glad folks are finally listening to the Republican message. It's been loud and clear for years, you know.
Freedom? That's for rich white males only. Privacy? That really wasn't defined in the Bill of Rights so the rich white male gets to decide who does and doesn't get to act freely.
Liberty? Only rich white males shall NOT be coerced. There is no liberty for the rest of us. Can't say it any plainer than that.
 
 
+8 # Caballero69 2012-03-21 10:59
Middle aged male legislators across the land should be shamed. Whatever their obsessions are they need to seek treatment, not inflict harassment on women who have enough hardships and challenges as it is.

Every red-blooded male, to use an anachronistic term should rally to the defense of our sister citizens and throw these bums out of office and run them out of town.
 
 
+8 # skyeman1 2012-03-21 20:20
These transvaginal ultrasound laws do nothing more than order state-mandated rape against women: the entry of a foreign object into a woman's vagina without her consent. Anyone who signed on to these bills should be brought up on charges as accessories to rape.
 

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