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Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you’d like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.

KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT OUT
Wendy | Charlottesville, VA | March 12, 2012

As a mother of two wanted and loved children in Virginia, where they recently passed ultrasound legislation, thank you. I appreciate your guts and your support of keeping the government out of my and my daughters' reproductive business. We teach our children that their private parts are private. When the government forces women to accept whatever touching they mandate and that additionally, we should have to pay for that mandate, I think they should remember that such decisions are not theirs to make, but should be left to the privacy usually enjoyed between a woman and her doctor. Thank you for respecting that privacy.

THE MEN
Judith Parks-Stevens | Guadalupe, CA | March 12, 2012

What about the men involved? It takes two to make a pregnancy. Many times when a woman seeks to terminate it's because the man is being irresponsible or downright demanding that she "get rid of it." But nothing happens to the male. I think the man should be charged with child endangerment.

THE DESIRE
Michele G. Curtis | Humble, TX | March 12, 2012

Thank you for illustrating so succinctly how strong the desire is on the part of the radical right to put women in the U.S. in political burkhas.

MOTHER OF FIVE
April | Portland, OR | March 12, 2012

I am a mother of five with three grown daughters and two daughters-in-law all of child bearing age. Thank you for trying to protect their right to choose when and how and if they start a family by bringing this issue to light for so many. You have a way of explaining things to even the stupid people.

OUR ENEMIES
Drew Wendell | WEST VIRGINIA | March 12, 2012

We are supposed to pray for our enemies, so I will pray for you. You are incorrect in your willingness to kill babies (you know, that thing they call "abortion"). The classical type of liberalism calls for the defense of defensless victims. The Nazi mentality is to kill the inconvenient. Abortion is not liberal. The term has been hijacked. I stopped looking at your propaganda years ago.

VIOLATION
Leila | PENNSYLVANIA | March 12, 2012

Thank you so much for addressing this farcical legislation in the manner it deserves. I had a good chuckle. As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, it makes me sick that many Republican politicians believe sticking probes into women's bodies for no medical purpose and against their will is anything other than a traumatic and unconscionable violation.

SONOGRAM
Karen | OHIO | March 12, 2012

What is so bad about making a woman look at the sonogram of a baby she is about to legally murder?

TEN YEARS AGO
P.G. | Peoria, IL | March 12, 2012

Ten years ago I got pregnant by my future ex-husband. He didn’t want children, and we argued for two days before I decided to examine the possibility of termination. I had to travel 150 miles out of state to get out from under a 24-hour waiting period, a decision I made after the receptionist at the local Planned Parenthood looked at me like I was dung when I told her I was there for an abortion consultation. In New York, I asked for and got an intravaginal ultrasound. I’d told the doctor of my great discomfort with what I was considering. We were able to see that what I was carrying was an embryo, that the neural tube had not yet closed, and that there would not be a beating heart for another five to seven days. The ultrasound gave me great peace of mind with respect to my decision not to continue the pregnancy. The proponents of mandatory ultrasound need to consider that it works both ways.

A GOOD ARGUMENT
Liz | Warrensburg, MO | March 12, 2012

Granted, I have my opinions about the matter at hand, but I still found your treatment of the subject enlightening. I do not read your comics just for their humor. I feel that you bring forth a good argument about what is going on and the absurdity of it. I am pro-life, but some things go too far. This comic did not and I enjoyed it. Kudos.

BRAVO
Kevin | Washington, D.C. | March 12, 2012

Bravo for taking up this controversial subject in your poignant and cogent style. Anyone saying controversy does not belong in this media has not been paying attention. We are looking forward to future installments that will help spark continuing healthy and social discourse and pertinent debate focused on the topic.

TOO FAR
Mary Purtle | Des Moines, IA | March 12, 2012

Your cartoon series comparing an ultrasound to rape has surprisingly been pulled by our very liberal Des Moines Register. Even they know you've gone too far. The shame wand is all yours.

SHINING
Maya | Lincoln, NE | March 12, 2012

Thank you thank you thank you for having the balls to stick up for women, for saying what needs to be said, for shining a light on what they've tried to keep dark.

TRIPE
William A. Busch | Joliet, IL | March 12, 2012

Your comic strip appears to be liberal tripe masquerading as entertainment. Much like Bill "the Muppet" Maher.

ESCAPE FROM REALITY
Randy Manar | Highland, MI | March 12, 2012

I for one grew up looking at the comic pages of the newspaper as an escape from reality where you could get a smile, a good laugh, or a fictional story. Now, especially with your comic strip, I have to decide in the first panel or two if I'm even going to finish it. Look, I understand that there are a lot of issues out there that need to be addressed, but do we have to do abortion? I can get that in the rest of the newspaper. I don't need it in my comics which, if you remember, are supposed to bring a smile or a laugh. I think you lost what it is to be a "comic" writer.

GOVERNMENT INVASION
Melinda McNutt | Dallas, TX | March 12, 2012

I see that you have tackled the government invasion into the private lives of women in the state of Texas. Kudos to you. I do not think that most people realize what an intrusive procedure the sonogram requirement is since the words "intravaginal" are not used in the TX legislation. It was only with the VA attempt that I became aware that this method will be required to meet the TX requirements.

I find it maddening that the party that wants to reduce government intervention into our lives is promoting this. Voices like yours are needed to highlight the absurdity of our elected officials' decisions. I find that the response from Governor Perry's office ("This is not funny. There is nothing comic about this tasteless interpretation...") to reflect the inability of the culture on the right to appreciate satire. I do not read Doonesbury to get my chuckles in the morning but to enlighten me to the absurdities in our midst. You and other satirical writers are desperately needed. I look forward to reading the strip all week and hope that it generates a lot of conversation here in Dallas. Continue on.

FULL UNDERSTANDING
Maurice Healy | Novato, CA | March 12, 2012

Sonograms are an aid to the full understanding of women and others regarding the development of the fetus. Liberals should be in favor of giving consumers more information about critical choices, rather than being Luddites in this technology. The Doonesbury comic strips on the Texas sonogram requirement are a typical stick-your-head-in-the-sand reaction. I have not followed the strip for years because of Garry Trudeau's consistently immature and undeveloped sense of what is the right thing to do.

OUT OF LINE
Billy Purcell | Oregon City, OR | March 12, 2012

Your "cartoon" is disgusting and way out of line. You should switch to commentary and get out of the "cartoon" business. Go to church.

SEEKING AN ABORTION
Craig Cyr | Langley, WA | March 12, 2012

I sense that this woman seeking an abortion is there because she is a victim of a sexual crime with tragic consequences. I hope she gets the treatment she deserves and not the condemnation that Texas politicians legally mandate. Perhaps she should move north, or east, or west?

SHAMING ROOM
Heidi | FLORIDA | March 12, 2012

"Shaming room" indicates there is something wrong with abortion -- something to feel bad about. You obviously don't feel that way. What's the problem then, unless you believe that showing a woman what is inside her will cause her to change her mind? What's wrong with educated decisions? Today's cartoon should end: "Written by a middle-aged male political activist."

TEXAS
Victoria Collins-Becker | Austin, TX | March 12, 2012

There are times I wish that Texas would secede from the USA so that I would be sufficiently motivated to move to somewhere less fascist (or at least less crazy). First, TX fails to fund Planned Parenthood, the source of affordable birth control. Next, TX insists on this crazy intra-vaginal sonogram procedure, which is rape by foreign object. Can The Handmaid's Tale be far behind?