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Friday, March 9, 2012

Doonesbury gets tough on Republican abortion bills

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 1:17 PM

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Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip will stir up one of its periodic fusses next week with a series of panels on invasive abortion legislation by Republican legislatures around the country, according to Jim Romenesko.

Some newspapers have already decided to not to run the strips. I've sent a note to the Democrat-Gazette's deputy editor, Frank Fellone, about that newspaper's plans, but haven't heard back. The D-G runs Trudeau's controversial strips most of the time, memory seems to recall. The strips will be available on-line regardless.

Romenesko summarizes the strips:

Monday: Young woman arrives for her pre-termination sonogram, is told to take a seat in the shaming room, a middle-aged male state legislator will be right with her.

Tuesday: He asks her if this is her first visit to the center, she replies no, that she’s been using the contraceptive services for some time. He says, “I see. Do your parents know you’re a slut?”

Wednesday: A different male is reading to her about the transvaginal exam process.

Thursday: In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”

Friday: Doctor is explaining that the Texas GOP requires her to have an intimate encounter with her fetus. He begins describing it to her. Last panel, he says, “Shall I describe it’s hopes and dreams?” She replies, “If it wants to be the next Rick Perry, I’ve made up my mind.”

Saturday: Back in the reception area, she asks where she goes now for the actual abortion. Receptionist tells her there’s a 24-hour waiting period: “The Republican Party is hoping you get caught in a shame spiral and change your mind.” Last panel: She says, “A final indignity.” Receptionist replies, “Not quite. Here’s your bill.”

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