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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 2 of the banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon. -- ma/RSN

The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 2. (image: Universal Uclick)
The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 2. (image: Universal Uclick)

The Banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon:
Part 2

Garry Trudeau, Reader Supported News

20 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 2 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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+86 # ermita2012 2012-03-20 19:13
It seems to be a reaffirmation of the key role that humor plays in situations where opposing positions are so diametrically opposed and emotionally invested that normal discourse will only result in bitterness and dangerous conflict. If a particular position on an issue, be it abortion, Vietnam, religion, et. al. taken by either the left or the right lends itself so readily to humor, then there is probably something fundamentally wrong with the position. Otherwise it wouldn't be funny, only confusing.
+112 # Night Raider 2012-03-20 22:28
When government policy means intruding on the privacy between a physician and patient, then it's obvious a goal has been achieved by the right wing -- namely small (minded) governemnt.
+27 # Elroys 2012-03-20 23:13
In the next installment, the woman turns to poor Sid and says, "you poor slob; I enjoy making love and having great sex with my husband / boyfriend / lover. How about you - do you enjoy making love and with your wife / lover?
+10 # Ralph Averill 2012-03-21 13:55
I envision the next installment being;
1st panel:
Sid Patrick sitting in an easy chair in the apartment he keeps for his mistress. The mistress on her knees in front of him says,
2nd panel:
"Teddy Bear, I have something nice for you."
Sid, with a smile, "What would that be, Munchkin?"
3rd panel:
"I'm pregnant! Isn't it wonderful!"
4th panel:
Sid looking down into his lap, frowning, thinking, "Uh oh?"
+56 # wwway 2012-03-20 23:14
I don't see how this cartoon congurs up any need for being banned. However, the 1% control the message, religion, and the law so of course it would be banned.
+62 # Bodiotoo 2012-03-20 23:37
Health Clinics For All: Should be fully finded!
Doctor to Patient: Fully Private and Protected!
+80 # X Dane 2012-03-20 23:46
Republicans keep telling us they want government OUT of our business??? BUT.....
What they SAY..... and what they DO... is worlds apart. They definitely want bigger Government. But democrats want citizens to have MORE rights. Republicans want to take them AWAY.

At this point they are VERY busy
taking rights away from women. We will show them in November, that THAT is a very baaaad idea.
+40 # Regina 2012-03-21 00:00
But were these strips published in papers that would reach the chauvinist misogynists of the Republican-domi nated states? We can enjoy a chuckle in states that aren't enacting these abominations -- the goal should be shaming the perps.
+58 # Ralph Averill 2012-03-21 00:58
The old double standard rears its ugly head. The sexually active woman is a slut. What about the sexually active man? He doesn't get to sit in the Shame Room. This is about women having control of their bodies, their lives, and their destiny.
Its also about human sexuality. It is not a coincidence that anti-abortion/c ontraception-is m and homophobia so often reside in the same person.
+37 # Valleyboy 2012-03-21 02:40
Amazing a cartoon this obviously true could be banned!
+45 # Factman 2012-03-21 05:28
If the Press were so "liberal" as the right constantly alleges, you wouldn't see this kind censorship. As far as being amusing, it is that. And, if the reality of it didn't affect so many personal lives one might let it go as amusing. The right wingers tend to think they have all the answers as to how we all should live our lives, so they are very sensitive to criticism, especially when it comes in form of humor, of which they have little!
+40 # dick 2012-03-21 06:51
Santorum caught the backlash for this in Illinois. Too bad red states have disproportionat e influence in the Electoral College. Too bad rural areas are over represented in the Senate. Too bad those jealous of the real & imagined sex lives of others seek to compensate for "impotence" by seeking elective office-power. However, since among those eligible to vote, women outnumber men by millions & millions, too bad the wrong people organize & vote. Is voting too much to ask of men & women who object to the "war on free women"?
+28 # Dunn 2012-03-21 07:37
These guys get sexually turned on thinking they could have this much power & control over an intimate issue in women's lives.Like Rush, they'd also enjoy seeing any kind of this stuff on video!! They're probably impotent with small penises...disgu sting.
+45 # timmuggs 2012-03-21 07:54
I'd like to see a Doonsbury like this: Panel 1: "Senator Santorum, you believe that sex should only be for procreation, right?"
Panel 2: "Yes, of course."
Panel 3: "So that means that, as your wife is no longer of child-bearing age, you no longer have sex with her, right?"
Panel 4: [cut to wife's face]
+19 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-21 08:52
+30 # cordleycoit 2012-03-21 08:05
I love the way men get to tell women what to do with their bodies. It is time to ditch the REthugs, let them preach to the fields not women.
-21 # Wind in His Hair 2012-03-21 08:09
One thing I have noticed about these cartoons is that the young woman are always alone. Where are the men who so adored them? The real world is this, In Northeast Pennsylvania a young dad dropped a cinder block on his newborns head as he could not afford it. His life, as well as the mothers, is ruined. Try to make humor out of that.
+30 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-21 08:21
This is a great cartoon. Thank you, Gary. Keep going. Sex is sweet. Let's celebrate that. Let's encourage responsible and respectful sex. Sex is not going to go away. Let's talk about it as something deeply meaningful and powerful to most people. Let's hear more about positive and responsible and respectful sexual behaviors.
+48 # Sonomadolly 2012-03-21 08:46
A fetus is no more a person than an acorn is an oak tree. Potential is not the same as actual.
-11 # DurangoKid 2012-03-21 09:34
Imagine for a moment you're a dairy farmer. Would you want your cows deciding for themselves which of them would have calves and when? Now imagine your part of the 1%.
+6 # DurangoKid 2012-03-21 21:36
Doesn't anyone get it? The parallelism is between the dairy farmer and the 1%, the cattle and women. No sense of humor!
+42 # sbh1977 2012-03-21 09:45
I'm a evangelic, conservative Christian in a red state, and even I don't see why this was banned. Public debate is an integral part of our government system, and as far as I am aware, only true hate speech should be censored. I am absolutely for more protection for the unborn (and the women who choose abortion), but I don't see how this expression of ideas can be so offensive as to deserve censorship. We should all, Republicans, Democrats, red states of blue, be wary when free speech is stifled.
+20 # FLAK88 2012-03-21 10:46
What you've been observing throughout the entire, broad political exercise of this 2012 election cycle should then tell you what the GOP is really all about. It certainly isn't true non judgmental Christian values; that's for sure.
+1 # sbh1977 2012-03-21 14:53
Quoting FLAK88:
What you've been observing throughout the entire, broad political exercise of this 2012 election cycle should then tell you what the GOP is really all about. It certainly isn't true non judgmental Christian values; that's for sure.

Hopefully, people will stop getting religion and politics confused period. I realize that government will ultimately always be based on someone's convictions, but in a country where we have the right to have whatever convictions we choose, I don't think that either party does a service by playing the religion card (either painting liberals as godless heathens or conservatives as extremist Bible-Thumpers) . Broad generalizations like that and fear of people who think differently from us is precisely WHY we see such division in our government and public arena. In reality, there are far more things that unite us than things that divide, and both parties are very guilty of focusing on just the opposite.
+31 # reiverpacific 2012-03-21 10:21
Irony of the year so far: "Doonesbury" gets censored while Rush Limp-balls is still on the air over a huge area covered by Clear Channel, pulled sponsors notwithstanding.
Kinda sums up where the bulk of the country stands, both in general awareness, conscience and content, dunnit?!
+15 # X Dane 2012-03-21 11:58
Ok You may have Wind in your hair, but not enough of what SHOULD be INSIDE your head.


Knowing that they DIDN'T have the where with all to take care of a baby, It would OBVIOUSLY have been a LOT less traumatic if the wife had had an abortion, or of course better still, if they had used contraception. Which sanctimonious Santorum also condemns.

I am so sad for a husband, who will now go to jail, and a wife, who is devastated by the loss of her baby and also her husband.

So much for republicans keeping government out of our lives??? They only create destruction and havoc in peoples lives. For heaven's sake keep them OUT of GOVERNMENT
+7 # X Dane 2012-03-21 12:00
+10 # Daisy 2012-03-21 12:36
It may have been in another discussion somewhere across the web, but a reminder that Bain (Romney owned) is owner of Clear Channel. check it out:
+21 # FLAK88 2012-03-21 10:39
As I mentioned previously (Part I), all Gary does is illustrate the fine print of the legislation. There's nothing vile or graphic in his strips (never has been, for over 30 years). In the case of the one shown here, if Limbaugh had not opened his big mouth, Gary would have had no reason to repeat the 'slut' term. (What's good for the goose is good for the gander...)
+12 # Caballero69 2012-03-21 13:04
Humor is used here to lampoon the cretins who are victimizing women on a wholesale basis. In order to spread smiles across the land, we need to stand up, speak out, and chase these lizards back under the rocks they recently emerged from.
+18 # JayMagoo 2012-03-21 13:07
Bravo for Gary Trudeau! I don't suppose we will see anyone resembling Rush Limbaugh, who is so far beyond the pale that you really can't lampoon him. No matter how you satirize Limbaugh, he's done far worse in real life so the exaggeration contained in good satire can't be as bad as the reality of his utterances or actions.
+3 # seeuingoa 2012-03-23 02:24
If the Virgen Mary had decided to abort
Jesus in Texas, governor Rick Perry
would have perforated a virgin.

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