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
A 2008 file photo of cartoonist Gary B. Trudeau.   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

(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 (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."

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Mar 11, 2012 11:03 AM CDT
I don't think I would have a problem explaining to a child who reads the funny papers what this means (the best way to prepare them for life is not to lie to them), but I can understand why a lot of parents would get uncomfortable. It's not the issue that should be taboo, nor the language really----but if you say "rape" in a comic strip, what do you expect?
Mar 11, 2012 9:55 AM CDT
"By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape" When I am reading the paper and my son is around, sometimes I'll offer him the comics page; I've been doing that since he was six. Even though I agree with Trudeau on this, I don't want this kind of stuff on there; there is such a thing as appropriate and inappropriate.
Mar 11, 2012 9:24 AM CDT
No wonder newspapers are disappearing faster than the dinosaurs.