Following pressure from several politicians over the Texas ultrasound before abortion law, Garry Trudeau has released a controversial Doonesbury strips that had newspaper managers worry readers would not react well to it. However, as controversial as the strip might be, and perhaps a little too bold, the truth is the Doonesbury strip brings the Texas law abortion back in focus.
Earlier this month, Garry Trudeau, the creator of the Doonesbury comic strip, released a graphic comment inspired by the Texas ultrasound before abortion law that got national attention. The problem is that more and more newspapers worry that their readers would not react well to what they called graphic nature of the strips. As a result, editors decided not to print Trudeau’s ultrasound before abortion strips. Instead they asked for a replacement.
Although depicted in a cartoon, the Texas law is as real as it gets. Basically, the legislation in Texas requires any women seeking for abortion to get an ultrasound before the actual procedure. Seemingly, the law is well intended, as the ultrasound might be an emotional enough time to convince women to reconsider their decision regarding the abortion. Virginia is preparing a similar law package.
Garry Trudeau depicted the law in its Doonesbury comic strip. A woman goes to a clinic in Texas to have an abortion, but the nurse explains she is actually forced to get the sonogram. In the end, the woman has to go home and wait for another 24 hours before actually having the abortion. The nurse actually tells the woman: “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10” shaming wand”.
Satirist Trudeau explains that the ultrasound before abortion law is similar to a rape. He gave Washington Post the definition of rape by the World Health Organization and pointed out that abortion doctors under the Texas law are required “to penetrate a woman’s vagina with a 10-inch sonogram wand”.
“To see these healthcare rights systematically undermined in state after state by the party of limited government is appalling”, wrote Trudeau in a communication exchange with Reuters and the Guardian.
As Reuters pointed out later last week, already a dozen of newspaper decided not to publish Trudeau’s cartoons for the ongoing week.