Doonesbury Comic Satirizes New Abortion Laws, Pulled From Comics Page

By: John Vinson - March 12, 2012

Doonesbury is a long running comic strip, written by Garry Trudeau for over 40 years. Never shying away from hot political topics, Trudeau has caused some controversy with today’s strip. It’s in regards to the hot button issue of requiring women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds before going through with the procedure. I won’t even bother summarizing it, as you can read it for yourself below.


Due to the the subject matter, many papers are deciding to run the strip in the op-ed sections of their newspapers instead of the funnies. While there are some who are pulling the strip altogether. Trudeau is naturally displeased with the proceedings, and made those thoughts clearly defined when speaking with The Guardian.

I write the strip to be read, not removed. And as a practical matter, many more people will see it in the comics page than on the editorial page.

As with all politically charged topics, the opinions have run the gamut. With vocal opponents and proponents voicing their opinion on Twitter…

If “Doonesbury” comics about reproductive rights aren’t in “good taste,” what about laws attacking those rights? 2 hours ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Why is “Doonesbury” in my timeline? Have we gone back in time to 1988 and the lamest part of the comic section?(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

you know your local newspaper is standing on it’s last weak legs if it chose not to run the doonesbury comic. one poor choice away from gone(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Check my facebook pg It appears Doonesbury is now attacking me and the sonogram bill-the left is desperate(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

After reading the content of the strip, and seeing the various reactions from newspapers and readers, what are your opinions concerning the matter?

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