The Chronicle Takes Middle Road on Controversial Doonesbury Strips

We won't see you in the funny pages.
This week's Doonesbury strips deal with the Texas law mandating sonograms for women seeking abortions.

Many newspapers around the country are refusing to run the strips, which compare what the law requires to "rape" at one point.

Some are moving the strip to the op-ed page, or just putting it online where kids won't stumble across it because if there's one thing we know, kids these days are more likely to read the print edition of the paper instead of the online version.

The Houston Chronicle is deciding to do a little bit of everything.

If you look for your Doonesbury fix in print, you'll see a note from editor Jeff Cohen.

This week's strips will be found online and on the op-ed page, he says.

"We believe the subject matter of this week's strip by Garry Trudeau -- a woman's visit to a Texas abortion clinic -- crosses the line for what is appropriate commentary on the comics pages," he writes.

Thank goodness the children will be protected.

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Richard Russell
Richard Russell

"Thank goodness the children will be protected." Indeed. But will they be fed, provided medical care, and protected from abusive adults once they are born?

Won Word
Won Word

People still read the dead-tree paper for comics?

No one under 50, surely.


Zombie Logic Press Webcomics addressed this two weeks ago with their strip Single Zombie Female. But that's a feminist webcomic that's way ahead of the curve. One of the advantages of being a DIY artist is that no one can tell you what to do. http://zombielogicblog.blogspo...


 "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."G. Trudeau


Admittedly, it may get more viewers/readers on the editorial section. 

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