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

The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 5. (image: Universal Uclick)
The banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon: Part 5. (image: Universal Uclick)

The Banned Doonesbury Abortion Cartoon:
Part 5

By Garry Trudeau, Reader Supported News

23 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 5 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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+81 # X Dane 2012-03-23 22:18
One of that idiot is already one too many I'm with her. The republicans are so far over the line. There is no way back.

We HAVE to kick them OUT in November!!
+10 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-24 20:37
+5 # carioca 2012-03-25 08:24
Kick them in their red arses, that's where they need be kicked.
+39 # cordleycoit 2012-03-23 22:59
That this cartoon is banned says so much about the Zombie media.Hey folks the print news died in the sixties, murdered along with the Kennedy's. Blown up in the seventies along with Don Bowles investigating the start of Savings and Loan.
Today all corporate media carries their version of the what we should hear. You all hear about the tanks in China's capitol? You won't too much capital at risk and we owe them suckers. They are all Rupert Murdoch.
+68 # ckosuda 2012-03-23 22:59
Trudeau is the man!!! truly brilliant - and this is banned? for what reason?

being funny and honest? really!
+47 # dick 2012-03-23 23:11
Listening to this year's crop of GOP not-Presidentia l candidates & the public spokesmen for these IN YOUR VAGINA laws makes me wonder if voters are really choosing them or did they win a lottery of some sort. You listen to them & you know you would not hire them to clean your toilets, even knowing they'd be in their element. If you had not previously believed that aliens were abducting people from remote areas & sucking out their brains, I bet you do now. It's doubly insulting to have these morons condescending to pregnant women as if these women were such simpletons that they had neglected to think about what they were doing before seeking abortions. I rather imagine a LOT of thought goes into it.
+53 # redjelly39 2012-03-23 23:19
I have never seen a situation so dismal that the GOP couldn't make it worse. Throw gasoline on the fire and let the single mothers fend for themselves seems to be their mantra. Its embarrassing to be called a human when it associates us with these GOP psychopaths.
+61 # redjelly39 2012-03-23 23:33
If we can get enough women to band against this, we could rid ourselves of the GOP completely. There are too many Faux Newz, NASCAR watching, remote in hand plopped on the couch males that will never wake up (I have been trying for 15 years and they choose to stay stupid) but with 50% of the conscious males and even 75% of the females, we should succeed in outing these mean ugly scumbags from political offices.
+16 # unitedwestand 2012-03-23 23:56
Heart, heart, heart!!
+30 # DurangoKid 2012-03-24 00:36
Isn't Trudeau lucky to have the GOP writing his material? Does it get any better?
+28 # Ralph Averill 2012-03-24 03:22
Kudos to Trudeau!
+20 # Interested Observer 2012-03-24 04:43
Great punchline.
+22 # Wind in His Hair 2012-03-24 05:59
Maybe he should describe how the state will be there to help with healthcare and a job paying enough to pay for daycare, buy a car to get to work, pay insurance, $4.00 gallon gas and rent for a decent place to raise the kid. Also food, clothing and maybe a toy once in a while. I think about $40.00 an hour would do it.
-115 # Robt Eagle 2012-03-24 06:11
Gary Trudeau has portrayed the intrusion into personal responsibility to the extreme and has therefore ridiculed the likes of Fluke who created a firestorm in the media over what should have been her personal responsibility and not the Federal government's to cover her contraception expense. Fluke used a public forum to promote herself and show that women's health care is no longer their own responsibility but that of the Fed's. That makes no sense! What goes on in one's personal life should not have control by the gov't. If we allow the gov't to cover our health care, then they will intrude on all of our personal responsibilitie s and freedoms. That is why ObamaCare is unconstitutiona l. We as Americans can not be forced to pay for something that is our own personal responsibility.
+37 # lexx 2012-03-24 08:40
Same old blah, blah, blah.
C'mon Robt, broaden your thinking for a change. This Health Care was advocated by Gingrich and Reagan when it was their "good" idea but because you hate President Obama so much, it's unconstitutiona l. What merit it your words?
+31 # Merschrod 2012-03-24 08:42
Nice try Robt, but the Gov't does not have to interven in healthcare, but the Talibanesque of the christian wrong will do their best to insert the government into everyone's lives while trying to frustrate healthcare for all.

The right wingers are a paranoid lot and so afraid that a few will be freeloaders, that they want to throw the baby out with the wash water. No matter what it is, take voter fraud by a few becomes "massive" for the Talibanesque, there for fascist measure of state control for the rest of us. Get it? Got it? Good!
+47 # margpark 2012-03-24 08:57
Many, many women cannot afford the monthly payment for contraceptives prescribed by their doctor. Women who can't afford contraceptives also can't afford an abortion or a baby. Needless to say, I am all in favor of the health plan passed under Obama. It didn't go far enough, but it's a start. Margpark
+30 # Bodiotoo 2012-03-24 09:05
Robt Eagle...please. ..please...go and actually read Ms. Fluke's testimony...and untill and if the US Supreme Court rules The Health Act is legal...
+41 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-03-24 10:15
You know not of what you speak (AGAIN!). The Federal government isn't paying for Flukes' contraception, the insurance companies are — just like they're paying for Viagra. You're paranoid about the myth of socialism, but you're oblivious to the rightwing's growing fascism right in front of your face. Your illogical rantings indicate you may already be indoctrinated way beyond the reach of reason.
+5 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-24 20:44
When you're dealing with a certain type of person, "growing fascism" is a feature, not a bug. These people are the same ones who objected to revolution against "established authority" and the "Divine Right of Kings." They moved to Canada and Barbados after they lost the Revolution. I just wished they had stayed there.
+2 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-03-27 09:23
How right you are! Conservatives always attempt to re-write history and claim to channel the founding fathers. Someone should tell them that the founding fathers were the liberals, and the conservatives were the TORIES.
+16 # kelly 2012-03-24 13:08
1.)He did not show anything that isn't happening, with the exception of a few well placed punchlines.
2.)All of this happened prior to Ms. Fluke's testimony.
3.)The government pays more for the tests than it would for the contraceptives( it pays nothing for Flukes' contraceptives, get it?), therefore it is a money saver.
4.)If this is not a portrayal of intrusion of one's privacy, what is?
This is why this is unconstitutional...
Just like the arguments you posted.
+21 # X Dane 2012-03-24 13:50
This is not a response to Robt, for it is obvious to all of us here, that he is so far gone, that it totally hopeless. It is rather to point out something I believe few realize:

What will happen, if the republicans succeed in overturning the affordable healthcare act, (Obama care)

"This month the Congressional Budget Office forecast that absent the new healthcare law the number of uninsured would rise to 60 MILLIONS by 2020 ?? That will create enormous strain on the system

Of course the uninsured would suffer the most, in many cases they will not get care. But the rise in uninsured would cause a SUBSTANTIAL RISE in insurance premiums for those who are insured, and create terrible pressure on hospitals, and they will have to raise prices to offset the cost of uncompensated care."

"The idea, that the repeal of the healthcare reform is somehow going to lower your premium, is folly" says Len Nichols, Director of George Mason University's Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics. More likely, he argues, repeal would increase premiums.

What I have written here is from an article by Ronald Brownstein in Fridays LA Times.
I find Brownstein to be an intelligent, thoughtful and smart journalist.

I wonder if the idiots trying to unseat Obama is aware of all the problems they will create by repealing the healthcare act, Or if they simply don't give a damn
-10 # Shanti 2012-03-24 14:34
Really? What about auto insurance?
+43 # Caballero69 2012-03-24 06:36
Mr. Trudeau is using not only words, but images for justice. Let us read and heed his wisdom and his outrage. The assault on women must be resisted, rolled back, and defeated first in America and then throughout the world.
-92 # winson 2012-03-24 06:58
How sad. Arrogance and contempt for life
is extremely tragic.

I pray that you will not receive the just desserts of your hubris.
+32 # lexx 2012-03-24 08:45
Quoting winson:
How sad. Arrogance and contempt for life
is extremely tragic.

I pray that you will not receive the just desserts of your hubris.

As is ignorance, arrogance and contempt for freedom.

Thanks kindly for the thought, but I don't need to be counted in your useless prayers for relief of some mystical penalty.
+49 # Feral Dogz 2012-03-24 08:52
Quoting winson:
How sad. Arrogance and contempt for life
is extremely tragic.

I pray that you will not receive the just desserts of your hubris.

You must be referring to the arrogance and contempt shown for women by the GOP.
+27 # Bodiotoo 2012-03-24 09:07
If you mean Mr. Pewrry's apparent love of execution I agree...if you are talking about wrong!
+12 # harksong 2012-03-24 14:44
Good grief! Your hubris is inexcusable.
+8 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-24 20:53
Arrogance and contempt for actual life are integral, inherent parts of the right wing. Florida's law legalizing murder is an example. Other examples are the plethora of wars that we're involved in. They realize in their hearts that they are evil, but they can't help it. Therefore they have to project their own behavior on others by pretending that somehow a fetus parasitic on a woman's uterus is somehow a full person.

By the same reasoning that it is "potential life," you can argue that so is every egg and sperm that was ever created. I can actually believe that there are right wing christianists who would be glad to punish a woman for having a period instead of getting pregnant. Of course, the same doesn't count for sperm because then you would have to consider that men have responsibilitie s, too, not just women.
+1 # Pickwicky 2012-03-26 13:49

That arrogance you see and that contempt for life is directed toward the mother. You are aware, aren't you, that pregnancy means definite health risks for the mother? Some women die from complications of pregnancy. That's one reason a decision to have or not have a baby ought to be between a woman and her doctor.
+35 # lexx 2012-03-24 07:12
GENIUS! This entire series is right on.

+18 # chuckw38 2012-03-24 07:52
Garry, You continue as our Wondrous Spokesman..... GOPers, Thou are DOOMED, simply from your utter Stupidity and Ignorance of Women's Rights,and,happ ily, thou art readying to Flush Yourselves Down the Toilet
FYDTT !!!!!!! Hope you got snorkels....... .
+36 # riverhouse 2012-03-24 07:57
How ridiculous can the Republican Party be? The war on women is not winnable by these retrograde men. Taking on women by denying them the right to make personal life decisions without the intrusive intervention of government was a huge and, we hope, disabling mistake by the male dominated GOP.
+22 # lesmcf 2012-03-24 08:51
With due respect for Robt Eagle, his comments are not appropos to the abortion issue. Mandatory healthcare has nohing to do with the restrictive abortion laws.
+2 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-24 20:55
The key word here is "due." Since there isn't any respect due, none has to be given.
+41 # dick 2012-03-24 09:27
I don't think these LOOK YOUR UNBORN CHILD IN HER EYES laws are actually designed to change minds, save "lives." I think they are designed to PUNISH women for a decision already made. They hope to inflict emotional trauma during their implementation, & for years after. They are literally a way of legally BEATING WOMEN INTO SUBMISSION. Many males cannot stand the loss of CONTROL of women. And the loss of control of their own resistance to TEMPTATION. Control.Dominat e.Control.
+18 # X Dane 2012-03-24 13:00
As usual dick, you are right on. There is no doubt in my mind, that the insecure neanderthals (among the mostly republican males) hate the fact that a lot of women now can take care of themselves VERY well, because they are educated and hard working.

They realize that they can't slap around "the little woman" anymore, because she may throw HIM out the door, since so many women are able to support themselves and their children.

SO the morons want to, as you said, PUNISH women. It is great that there are so many enlightened men on this site.
+19 # Lenny 2012-03-24 09:52
OK, how about all people who eat meat are required to watch a video of the animal being slaughtered?
+13 # X Dane 2012-03-24 13:01
Lenny, we'd ALL be vegetarians
+20 # reiverpacific 2012-03-24 10:15
How far from a ban like this to mass, hysterical book and comic-strip burnings in the burgeoning "Fourth Reich"?
And for those holy-holies who trumpet "Lack of respect for human life", they are usually the same who will defend the fetus even unto murder and assassination (go figure THAT one out!) but have a marked tendency to beat the war drums loudest, recruit and manipulate the young and living as cannon-fodder in their "patriotic" support of mindless wars for power and profit.
I don't think that's much to be self-righteous about.
To me, it defies any kind of logic in the alleged "Land of the Free", that Trudeau is banned for a very witty and actually compassionate comment on behalf of our sisters everywhere, partially as a response to a concerted right-wing attack on women's ability to choose what to do with their own bodies, and an even more direct and intelligent response to a most cowardly and typically low-life verbal attack on one woman and those she was representing in particular, but which source is still projectile-vomi ting on Clear Channel's many stations nationwide in the alleged "Home of the Brave" (need I name names?).
And b.t.w., please don't waste good keyboard time responding directly to the so-predictable reactionary ranters on RSN; they have the right to bray but we don't need to descend to bellowing in reply: -we don't get to do likewise on their side side of the heavily filtered "free Speech" fence.
+13 # X Dane 2012-03-24 13:04
Reivepacific, I'll bet you that the brave defenders of the unborn are staunch defenders and believers of the death penalty.
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-03-24 17:05
Quoting X Dane:
Reivepacific, I'll bet you that the brave defenders of the unborn are staunch defenders and believers of the death penalty.

Probably, if the record is anything to go by; good additional thought to my rant.
+19 # bugbuster 2012-03-24 10:43
The question is whether life begins at conception. That seems arbitrary to me. Since sperm is necessary for conception, then I argue that life begins at the onset of male sexual desire.

By the logic of anti-choice believers, it is wrong to eject sperm for any purpose but procreation. That would include masturbation. Thus for those who preach anti-choice, it is hypocrisy not to advocate intervention by the state in the ejection and subsequent handling of sperm.
+19 # chrisconnolly 2012-03-24 11:21
Thank you Gary for giving a real snap shot of what these anti-women laws would look like in real life. By the time a woman has entered the abortion clinic she has already agonized over her choices. This is no simple choice nor do most women ever forget it. That is why contraception availability is so imperative to the health of our social fabric and our economy.
+12 # harksong 2012-03-24 14:41
Abortion is a hot button topic. When the GOP candidates continue to harp on this issue, the events and policies that also impact all American's lives, going to war or unemployment or poverty or medical insurance and healthcare or education access, are not discussed. As a result none of us know what the GOP's intentions are with these other issues. The right to choose is every woman's right. We should never intrude. However, when abortion comes up or any topic related to it, I see far too many of us taking our eyes off what else matters and what else these dreadful men and women in the GOP, and their corrupt billionaire backers, might be cooking up.
+5 # bugbuster 2012-03-24 16:36
"Abortion is a hot button topic. When the GOP candidates continue to harp on this issue, the events and policies that also impact all American's lives, going to war or unemployment or poverty or medical insurance and healthcare or education access, are not discussed"

This is the correct analysis in my opinion. It renders the rest of the discussion moot.
+1 # X Dane 2012-03-24 20:07
Always happy to be of assistance, reiverpacific
+1 # X Dane 2012-03-24 20:12
Don't worry harksong. we have an eye on the other shenanigans too. Please read my comment above, and if you are able to, read Ronald Brownstein's article in it's entirety. It is very informative.
0 # carioca 2012-03-25 08:24
Har, har, har.

America, land of decline, land of pink slime and salamanders and newts, as in the gingrich who tried to steal from women what they've been working hard for for millenia.

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