14 Mar 2012, Comments (5)

Doonesbury: Signal boost

Author: Helen

Doonesbury’s cartoons about the new Texas HB-15 legislation, requiring women to have an intravaginal ultrasound before they are allowed to have an abortion are up in their entirety at Gawker.
Update 15/3: Well, that didn’t take long. They’ve been pulled. Trudeau publishes the strips on his own site, but not in their entirety at the moment – the story’s still unfolding. As this is a dynamic page, if the strip has moved on, look for March 12 2012 and go from there.

Part of the Doonesbury "Shaming room" strip. Doctor reads from a sheet: "On behalf of Governor Rick Perry, we welcome you to your compulsory transvaginal exam."

US newspapers are avoiding publication of these strips, so I thought I’d pass them on.

The aforementioned mainstream media were all pearl-clutching about the reference to these compulsory sonograms as rape (using scare quotes, as in, “rape”.) Garry Trudeau, on the other hand, is under no illusions.

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.

Good on him.

Comments (5) »

  • Kath Lockett says:

    Perhaps these same mental pygmies should also insist that fellas endure having a hard plastic 10 inch wand shoved up their respective poo pipes before buying condoms…?

    Or before setting such ludicrously medieval legislation?

  • Helen says:

    Kath, a few similar suggestions have been made as I remember. Can’t recall the exact details…

  • Marshall Stacks says:

    The Weekend Australian ran one of those Doonesburys this weekend.
    HE is a legend.

  • Helen says:

    Interesting! The Murdochracy is substandard in so many ways, but apparently not in the particularly fundie (or fundie-appeasing) way that the US papers are.

  • oops – ambiguity alert:
    my LEGEND opinion was of Gary Trudeau
    not of infamous Rupert The Snare.

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