Garry Trudeau on Doonesbury Ban: "I Thought Reproductive Rights Was a Settled Issue"

 This week, several newspapers have opted not to run an edition of Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip because it deals with abortion and transvaginal ultrasound laws—calling the devices "ten-inch shaming wands" and having a doctor performing the procedure say "by the power invested in me by the GOP, I thee rape." Of course some of the papers are located in more conservative areas like Florida, but surprisingly, The Oregonian—the sole daily paper serving presumably lefty Portland, Oregon—is opting not to run the strips as well. Though "Doonesbury" has been running for over 40 years, this is the first time it has ever dealt head-on with abortion; in a recent interview with the Washington Post(which will run the strip), Trudeau explains why:

"Roe v. Wade  was decided while I was still in school. Planned Parenthood was embraced by both parties. Contraception was on its way to being used by 99 percent of American women. I thought reproductive rights was a settled issue. Who knew we had turned into a nation of sluts?"

Trudeau, whose "Doonesbury" has always been politically charged, also explains why he chose to run a strip on the topic: "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."

Once again, the humorists in our culture are making more common, adult sense than the Republican politicians. Read the full interview at the Washington Post.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 12, 2012, 5:57am