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Doonesbury Strips Were Funny, But Not Appropriate
Mark Russell, Orlando Sentinel Editorial | Doonesbury Strips Were Funny, But Not Appropriate | March 20, 2012

Like a number of other news organizations, the Orlando Sentinel chose not to publish a series of Doonesbury strips that focused on abortion. Specifically, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau took aim at a 2011 Texas law signed by Gov. Rick Perry that in many cases forces women to undergo an invasive sonogram before they can get an abortion. Women are forced to listen as a doctor describes the fetus. Finally, women have to wait another 24 hours before they can get the abortion...

The Doonesbury Decision
Nancy Barnes, Minneapoli Star Tribune | The Doonesbury Decision | March 20, 2012

The calls and letters that poured in this week were filled with everything from eloquent musings to venomous epithets.

One reader demanded that I resign immediately. Others called me an idiot, or suggested the Star Tribune had been corrupted by conservatives.

The offense last week was the decision not to print five days' worth of Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" strips dealing with Texas abortion laws...

The Great Doonesbury Abortion-Strip Roundup: From Animations to Aberrations, Here's How Things Shook Out

It was one week ago, of course, that Garry Trudeau first spoke about his then-upcoming abortion-law “Doonesbury” strips, when he told Comic Riffs that for him to avoid the vaginal-ultrasound debate would have been “comedy malpractice.”

Now that (most of) the dust has settled in the cartoon kerfuffle heard ‘round the media-political complex, it’s a fair time to see just how all this shook out...

"You're a Good Friend to the Ladies, Dad"
Emily Bazelon, Slate | "You're a Good Friend to the Ladies, Dad" | March 16, 2012

Garry Trudeau has famously kicked up a fuss this week by using his Doonesbury strip to tackle the ultrasound mandates that states like Virginia and Texas have passed for women seeking abortions. I read an interview Trudeau did in the Washington Post and wondered if he might be up for answering a few more questions. To my fan-girl joy, he said yes. Here is our exchange over email...

Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury Abortion Furor 'Good for Business'
Alexandra Cheney, The Wall Street Journal | Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury Abortion Furor 'Good for Business' | March 14, 2012

Throughout this week, a series of Doonesbury comic strips by Garry Trudeau will discuss the topic of the Texas abortion law, enacted in 2011, that requires women requesting an abortion to submit to an transvaginal ultrasound. According to the law, abortion providers must perform the ultrasound, play the sounds of the fetal heartbeat and show and describe the images. Women can decline to view or hear during the procedure.,.

Civility, Consistency Drive Star-Telegram Decision to Sub 'Doonesbury'
Jill "J.R." Labbe, Editorial Director, Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Civility, Consistency Drive Star-Telegram Decision to Snub 'Doonesbury' | March 14, 2012

The use of caricatures and allusions to make political statements has been around at least since Martin Luther used wood carvings to contrast Jesus driving the money-changers from the temple with the pope writing indulgences while parishioners paid money in tribute...

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Strip Search: Rachel Maddow on Dbury
The Rachel Maddow Show | Strip Search: Rachel Maddow on Dbury | March 13, 2012

Rick Perry more open to probe label than Virginia's ultrasound governor...

Doonesbury Tackles the '10-inch Shaming Wand'
Steve Benen, The Maddow Blog, MSNBC | Doonesbury Tackles the '10-Inch Shaming Wand' | March 12, 2012

Today's edition of Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" doesn't pull any punches. It features a woman checking in at a clinic for her mandatory sonogram, in advance of an abortion. Another woman, behind the desk, hands the patient a clipboard and says, "[Y]ou'll need to fill out this form. Please take a seat in the Shaming Room.... A middle-aged, male state legislator will be with you in a moment."...

Some Papers May Pull Abortion-Related Doonesbury Comic Strip

Around a dozen U.S. newspapers have raised questions about an abortion-related "Doonesbury" comic strip set for publication next week, and some will likely not run it, the syndicate behind the cartoon said on Friday...

The Doonesbury Interview: Garry Trudeau Says To Ignore Abortion-Law Debate Would Have Been 'Comedy Malpractice'

I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women's health currently being waged in several states. For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice...