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Category: Art and Entertainment, Feminism, Reproductive Rights

Doonesbury Tackles the Assault on Women’s Reproductive Rights

March 14, 2012

The Women's Media Center would like to thank Garry Trudeau for his insightful comic drawing attention to the latest round in the nationwide battle for reproductive rights and abortion access.

In his Doonesbury strip this week, Trudeau highlights the debate that is being played out in Texas and Virgina and across the country about the requirement that women undergo compulsory sonograms, and in the case of Texas, a ten inch vaginal probe before being eligible for a legal health procedure.  To ignore the issue, according to Trudeau, would have been "comedy malpractice".

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trudeau said: "Texas’s HB-15 [bill] isn’t hard to explain: The bill says that in order for a woman to obtain a perfectly legal medical procedure, she is first compelled by law to endure a vaginal probe with a hard, plastic 10-inch wand. The World Health Organization defines rape as 'physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration—even if slight—of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.' You tell me the difference.."

Trudeau's strip this week was withdrawn from a number of Newspapers, including, The Portland Oregonian, and Gainesville Sun according to a Slate article published earlier this week.  Others will only be running the comic online or have moved it to their opinion pages.  For those readers who missed the comic, we will be publishing all of this week's comics here on our website with permission of GoComics, who are responsible for publishing Doonesbury—check back each day for the latest one.

Doonesbury (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved.

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved.

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B.Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved.

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved.

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved.

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved

DOONESBURY (c) 2012 G.B. Trudeau. Dist. by Universal Uclick. All rights reserved

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