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

The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 3. (image: Universal Uclick)
The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 3. (image: Universal Uclick)

The Banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon:
Part 3

By Garry Trudeau, Reader Supported News

21 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 3 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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+175 # peterjkraus 2012-03-21 16:01
Thanks to the party that wants to "get government off our backs"
+63 # lexx 2012-03-22 04:58
Quoting peterjkraus:
Thanks to the party that wants to "get government off our backs"

...and into our crotches.
+23 # pagrad 2012-03-22 08:48
Every American has the right to be an Idiot -and to be stupid.

...And then, the idiots are surprised when they get what they voted for.

However, rational thinking people should have a choice.

The remaining 2 percent reasoning folks should be given a preference!
+37 # rp7943 2012-03-22 09:07
Bunch of right-wing hypocrites. Abraham Lincoln wouldn't recognize the party he once led if he came back from the dead.
+20 # Lady Jane 2012-03-22 11:52
Quoting peterjkraus:
Thanks to the party that wants to "get government off our backs"

Perhaps we misunderstood them--what they actually were saying is they wanted women ON their backs. Perhaps invasive sonograms on politicians' privates would be justified??? All those "penile disfunction" drugs should be determined medically necessary.
+10 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-22 12:17
Yes. Rush Limbaugh would be first in line.
+7 # BradFromSalem 2012-03-22 13:08
But, wouldn't he have to prove that he would only use it in a heterosexual married relationship? What if....?

OK I am straight, but just the thought that some poor guy would think of having sex with Rush Limpaw makes my head spin. I know you gals are incapable of it, because he keeps trying by getting married over and over.
+7 # angelfish 2012-03-22 12:04
Quoting peterjkraus:
Thanks to the party that wants to "get government off our backs"

That just about says it ALL. Thank you.
+56 # Willman 2012-03-21 19:32
yeah and on our knees begging them to cut more programs from the gubbimint
+127 # ckosuda 2012-03-21 20:28
just as we are realizing once and for all that racism has never "gone away" - sexism is fully functioning - women are inferior in the eyes of the ruling male oligarchy - it has never changed - they need to be removed from power - best of luck with that!
-24 # humactdoc 2012-03-22 08:50
Women who want a piece of power in the male ruling oligarchy eagerly boot stomp over other women to get into this club.
+17 # reiverpacific 2012-03-21 22:45
Don't forget, Rush Limp-balls is still alive and broadcasting under the guise of "Entertainment" and "Comedy" on Clear Channels' umpteen stations, one no doubt near you.
Trudeau at least shows courage in the face of his wanton censors.
The other ties to put in down to a "conspiracy".
Funny, seems like the boot is on the wrong foot here, what?!
+48 # stonecutter 2012-03-21 22:50
So we've got all this regressive shit about the evils of contraception going on, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida, and Sgt. Bales "going rogue" in Afghanistan, and the new old Paul Ryan budget, and the lying etch-a-sketch Romney Cyborg closing in on the gop nomination. Don't things just feel great? I suppose they do if you believe, with all your heart and your infertile little mind, that Santorum is the reincarnation of a Founding Father. I'm beginning to understand how thoughtful Germans with a conscience may have felt in 1933 (there had to be a few), 16 years and a world war before Orwell stamped his infamous "inner party" slogans on the collective mind of humanity: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. This stuff used to be fiction.
+26 # Tulsagerry 2012-03-21 23:21
Gov. "Oops" Perry needs some good probing of his own!
+32 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-21 23:29
Far right: Keep your hands to yourselves. People are laughing at you. Have you ever heard of freedom of conscience? Freedom to choose? No one forces anyone to have an abortion. How about responsible sexuality. Did it ever occur to you that sex is sweet for most people. Gasp!
+25 # paulrevere 2012-03-21 23:41
Ya know...the very fact that 51+% of the population is being overtly distained and discriminated against by 10% of it's gender opposite right here in the LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE is just lks, it is the second decade of the twenty first century fer crap sakes!!!
+40 # Gibbous 2012-03-22 01:23
I canceled my newspaper when they weren't carrying this series. Not that their decision to drop it here in State College PA has anything to do with PA considering similar legislation. I don't think the issue will get any better until we value women. (A comment on the internet yesterday: 100% of pregnancies last year were caused by men.)
+4 # X Dane 2012-03-23 00:48
Gibbous, I love you, how true. I also want to compliment all the enlightened men commenting here. It is great to read all the thoughtful.. ......and many hilarious remarks.

It really is not JUST a war on women. It is also a war on families. for it limits the rights of a couple to determine the seize of their family. That sure is THEIR business, not the business of overzealous religious fanatics. A pox on them.
+27 # X Dane 2012-03-22 01:49
We should give the republicans some bigger shovels. They are so busy digging their own grave. let's give give them a big hand.

Combine Poul Ryan's budget with the draconian attacks on women = hopefully, a democratic house
in November
+53 # Ralph Averill 2012-03-22 04:10
Funny, there is never, ever, any mention of the father of the unborn child being required to accompany the mother as she goes through invasive procedures, and listen to guilt-inducing lectures or, at the very least, pick up half the tab. Only the woman gets the scarlet letter. The male half of the equation gets a pass.
And this isn't a war against women?!!
+18 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-22 09:24
Thank you.
+13 # dick 2012-03-22 05:39
I SO wanted Bribe-Me-Some-M ore Rick to be the GOPominee. He put the bubba back in gubbamint. However, white males make up less than 25% of those eligible to vote in patriotic, secessionist Texas. Nowhere near all of them are anti-femine. What's with the over 75%? Over 80%? Bubbettes? Conservatives say, "To the energetic victors go the spoils." What's the liberal answer to that? "They're always picking on me"? Time to stand & deliver.
-67 # Robt Eagle 2012-03-22 06:51
How does it make any sense tha the Federal Government should be involved in any way in contraception? Using taxes to pay for contraception is insane. Why would anyone support the government having influence over something that is the individual's personal responsibility? Next thing will be requiring the government to pay for toothpaste to make sure everyone has healthy teeth...does that make any sense either?
+31 # seniorcitizen 2012-03-22 09:21
The affordable health care act allows for insurance companies to pay for prescription hormones, which are some times used for medical problems to address issues such as cysts on ovaries, as well as being a way for women to control their pregnacies.Some members of Congress want to try to bring government intrusion into the private lives of womem. The use of birth control or decisions made by women about their own bodies is not any business of the government, or is the government involved in any way in paying for such. The discussion about health insurance for contraception, or more accurately, prescription hormonal treatment, has gotten way out of hand and is being misunderstood, because of not having facts on which to base opinions. The health care law is hated by most Republicans and they are trying to grab at any straw to undermine it and end the provisions for women's health, under the guise of "religious freedom". This all started because access to contraception was included in insurance policies for employees of Catholic hospitals or schools, who object to the use of contraception. It is a fact, however, that these same institutions have for years been offering the same coverage to employees, without blinking an eye. It is all about politics, not birth control.
+21 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-22 09:25
The world population is 6 billion. In 20 years, it will be 9 billion. Do you have any idea how to deal with a world population this huge?
+15 # Billy Bob 2012-03-22 09:50
7 billion now.
+3 # Billy Bob 2012-03-22 09:52
Couldn't that logic be applied to ALL government services and functions?
+18 # Wind in His Hair 2012-03-22 06:57
All of the Trudeau cartoons were printed in the Scranton Times. I would suggest people drop the paper they get that banned them and get the Times. Who wants to read a paper that only prints pablum? It is a shame when such talent is suppressed by someone in power when so many people looked to enjoy it.
+8 # noitall 2012-03-22 12:47
We ALL should subscribe to the Scranton. Wouldn't that send a loud message to the media? The people want truth in news, they get entertainment; the people want entertainment, they get...not sure WHAT TV programming is but in our thirst for entertainment, we accept it as such. Much like we accept our "representative s" as being representative (of our interests). MEDIA and the LACK OF REAL CONTENT (and truth) IN OUR MEDIA is the fungus eating away at our "democracy".
+12 # Trish42 2012-03-22 07:30
My newspaper printed 4 of the series last week, but is no longer showing them. Thank you so much, RSN, for allowing me to see them!!
+6 # noitall 2012-03-22 12:10
Quoting Trish42:
My newspaper printed 4 of the series last week, but is no longer showing them. Thank you so much, RSN, for allowing me to see them!!

Maybe you should write a letter to your newspapper. If they censor this, how do you know what else they're censoring? A cowardly newspaper is like a 'friend' that can't be it a friend? is it a "news"paper?
+16 # cordleycoit 2012-03-22 07:52
The newspapers that have suppressed this cartoon are headed out of business because they have become boring. They blame the Iternet because they have been irrelevant for years. Zombies wandering, zombies blaming everything except mismanagement.
+23 # wwway 2012-03-22 08:26
I see absolutely nothing wrong with this cartoon. It is tastefully done.
I've always described the Republicans as bullies and Democrats as wimps. Dems have not had a progressive message to put up a good fight. If "we the people" want to achieve our promise then "we the people" need to remember that conservatives are NOT on our side. Never have been. Never will be. So if we want this country free for religion or free speech then we have to put a stop to the conservative agenda.
+11 # Jane Gilgun 2012-03-22 09:27
Thank you. Yes. There's a new book called the Righteous Mind. The far right understands how we think but we do not understand how they think. It's about time we did.
+18 # Nominae 2012-03-22 10:03
Quoting wwway:
I see absolutely nothing wrong with this cartoon. It is tastefully done.

@ wwway

Beyond tastefully done, this cartoon doesn't even argue *against* conservative dogma. It simply exhibits, in drawing form, the *exact echo* of the conservative position, word-for-word, phrase-for-phra se.

If a newspaper were forced to defend the decision to pull this cartoon in a court of law, they could find not the shakiest
rational ground upon which to stand.

When all it takes to lampoon vapid, one-dimensional rhetoric is to illustrate the wind coming out of the conservatives' mouth in a pencil drawing so clear that even a conservative can see how stupid it looks, Trudeau is a true menace to the spirit of Goebbels and Propagandists of the World in general. They seem to think that, absent an artist to "draw the people a picture", the general population would never "get" how deeply inane, and certifiably insane, is their silly propagandized position to begin with.
+25 # Windy126 2012-03-22 09:20
Robt Eagle, they also pay for Viagra. I don't feel that's appropriate. If you can't get it up tough. Why should I pay for your fun. At least contraception has other uses for female ailments. If you ever had an ovarian cyst you would be screaming for treatment. In fact if you had ever been pregnant you would beg for contraception. If more men would man up and have a vasectomy to prevent them from impregnating a female
conception were not be so widely used.
+15 # dalmeida 2012-03-22 11:00
I like the proposal of that an anal prostate exam be required before a prescription for Viagra is issued. Seems only fair
+3 # BradFromSalem 2012-03-22 13:29
Viagra also has other uses. There is a disease called Renauds, that causes a person's extremities to have a lower than normal blood flow. The result is that their fingers and toes get extremely cold in even mild temperatures. So cold that they actually turn colors. Viagra can be used to help this problem because it increases blood flow in the extremities.

Of course, I almost never agree with Mr. Eagle; so, can we just enforce the Viagra restriction on men that think that if insurance monies are being used to pay for women's birth control means the government is forcing birth control on people? Please?

And lastly, you should not be paying for a man's fun. I hope that it is a shared enjoyable event.
+8 # FLAK88 2012-03-22 11:54
Well, like I said regarding Parts 1 & 2, Gary's strips are neither vile nor graphic and never have been in his 35+ years of brilliant satire. He illustrates the fine print of ignorant legislation and flies it the face of the ignoramuses who vote for the ignoramuses who legislate. That's it; nothing more, nothing less. If people don't like it, they can read another strip. Besides, if Limbaugh can be allowed to flap his fat trap with impunity, then why is Gary being banned ? What's the difference between turning the radio dial or not reading the comics you dislike ?
+6 # fobsub 2012-03-22 16:44
They do it because they can and they get away with it. Even though the American people speak up, things only get worse because they don't listen to us,, we hire them and they represent us. It just took a little tweaking of the constitution; now it works just fine....for them,, we got written out. So now what?
+5 # fobsub 2012-03-22 17:15
Reading the comments on these public donation news sites one would get the feeling that the people of this country are well aware of and fed up with the scandalous destruction of its government. Unfortunately, while it would be great if those participating in these sites represented the majority of public opinion, thats simply not the case. In fact, it seems that the majority of people prefer to remain ignorant, believe in the government as it is and simply hope for the best. Only widespread awareness and organization will begin to make a dent. The 99% are not aware and not at all organized. Organize and take America back!
+3 # BudinBangkok 2012-03-23 06:38
Trudeau brings it home. His honesty is sometimes compelling, so compelling it must be denied, lest we face the truth.

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