Doonesbury Takes on Texas Sonogram Law

Star-T moves strip to website

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    Satirical comic author Garry Trudeau is taking on Texas' controversial law that requires a sonogram before an abortion. (Published Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012)

    The funny papers aren't so funny these days.

    The satirical comic strip Doonesbury, which runs in approximately 1,400 daily newspapers across the country, is getting a lot of attention this week because of its subject matter - abortion.

    Doonesbury Takes on Texas Sonogram Law

    [DFW] Doonesbury Takes on Texas Sonogram Law
    Satirical comic author Garry Trudeau is taking on Texas' controversial law that requires a sonogram before an abortion. (Published Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012)

    Specifically, Garry Trudeau, the man behind Doonesbury, is taking aim at Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the controversial law that requires a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound examination, be briefed on the health of the fetus by a doctor and then go through a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before ending the pregnancy.

    Several prominent newspapers are choosing to not run the strip this week, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Editorial director J.R. Labbe wrote an explanation for the paper's decision that appears in Tuesday's edition.

    "The reason for not printing the strip has nothing to do with left- or right-wing politics. It has everything to do with civility and consistency," Labbe writes, in part.  She goes on to say that passionate arguments can be made without crossing a line, which Labbe indicates Trudeau has.

    The Star-Telegram has made the Doonesbury strips available on the paper's website and can be seen here. The Dallas Morning News is continuing to run the strip this week.