Some Newspapers Pulling Doonesbury Abortion Strip

Garry Trudeau goes after Texas for requiring ultrasound

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 10, 2012 10:57 AM CST

(Newser) Doonesbury is making waves again, with several newspapers around the country planning to skip the comic strip next week or move it to the editorial pages. The reason? Garry Trudeau lampoons a Texas law requiring women to get an ultrasound before abortion, and he pulls few punches. "By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape," says a doctor in one panel, according to a transcript at JimRomenesko.com. (The blog is keeping a running tab of newspapers bowing out.)

"We felt the content was too much for many of the readers of our family friendly comic page," says an editor at the Kansas City Star, one of the papers moving the strip temporarily to the op-ed pages, reports AP. Others, including the Oregonian, won't run the strip at all in the print edition. Trudeau is unapologetic, reports Reuters: "This is happening in statehouses across the country," he says in an email. "It's lunacy, and lunacy, of course, is in my wheelhouse."

A 2008 file photo of cartoonist Gary B. Trudeau.
A 2008 file photo of cartoonist Gary B. Trudeau.   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
In this book cover image released by Andrews McMeel, 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective  by G.B. Trudeau, is shown.
In this book cover image released by Andrews McMeel, "40: A Doonesbury Retrospective" by G.B. Trudeau, is shown.   (AP Photo/Andrews McMeel)
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