The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is running Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” comic strip this week despite the controversial topic of abortion. A number of newspapers are not running the strip or pushing it to editorial pages because of the theme — critical of increasingly punitive anti-abortion bills in state legislatures.
The first strip features a woman seeking an abortion. She is first required to undergo an ultrasound procedure to detect a fetal heartbeat. (Legislation to force this procedure on women against their will was sponsored in the 2011 Arkansas legislature by Sen. Jason Rapert, but failed in a House committee.)
In today’s installment of the Doonesbury cartoon, with the final segment shown here, the woman is first directed to a “shaming room.”
PS — Trudeau comments here on Republicans’ “appalling” and “insane” strikes against women’s medical rights. He told the Guardian:
“Ninety-nine percent of American women have or will use contraception during their lifetimes. To see these healthcare rights systematically undermined in state after state by the party of ‘limited government’ is appalling. “In Texas, the sonograms are the least of it. The legislature has also defunded women’s health clinics all over the state, leaving 300,000 women without the contraceptive services that prevent abortions in the first place. Insanity.”