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THE RIGHT MIX
Daisy Horning | McLean, VA | March 14, 2012

I'm just writing to say how pleased I am that Doonesbury is taking a stance against the Republicans' ridiculous threatening of women's reproductive rights. The abortion-themed strips are tasteful and have the right mix of sadness and sarcasm. They strike the right tone, which must be very hard to do with touchy subjects like abortion. I am also very pleased that my paper, the Washington Post, has agreed to run the series.

LESS GOVERNMENT
C. Turner | Yakima, WA | March 14, 2012

Republicans want less government everywhere except in citizens' bedrooms. Now they want the government in women's vaginas.

COMICS
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY | March 14, 2012

Those who forever question the validity of comics as a literature to pose critical forums, and address questionable legal practices, are receiving a potent reason for aesthetic reconsideration in reading the current Doonesbury series. Rarely have we seen art and critical statement come together so exceptionally, with as powerful a missive for the nation, as we have in the 40-plus years of this literary series.

CAN'T BELIEVE
Gary Rowell | Elora, TN | March 14, 2012

I have been reading your strip from the very beginning, and have collected all your books. I ended up as an 18-year-old in Vietnam and also served in Desert Storm, so I very much identify with B.D. Still have my leg, but with a 42-year-old bullet in it. It crushed me when you took a break from publishing for a while. I tend to be conservative and don't personally favor abortion, but I can't believe that we as a Nation put women through what Texas does and some other states propose. How are we not saying to a woman, "You are property"? Thank you for your good work.

MATERNITY
Glenn | Racine, WI | March 14, 2012

If insurance covers maternity, is that paying women and men to have sex? Just wondering.

NOT A JOKING MATTER
Chris Matera | TEXAS | March 14, 2012

GBT, I'm so sorry you feel the way you do about abortion; however, that matter is not a joking matter, and your strip is not funny in that respect. Hopefully some day you'll realize that taking the life of an unborn is killing a human, and that is just plain wrong. In the case of rape, you are punishing an innocent child instead of the one who committed the offense. What if your mother decided she couldn't afford you and had an abortion? Would you say we are better off? You ought to be happy she made the right choice. We'll pray that you'll see the truth and change your belief before you have to answer to a higher authority.

OVER THE TOP
Galen Miller | Ithaca, MI | March 14, 2012

I am a medical imaging educator and I do not like you portraying a politician as a medical imaging person. We definitely do not need politicians in imaging centers! Beyond that, I understand the use of hyperbole in your strip and am a long-time reader. But I think you went over the top this time. You are just Rush Limbaugh in reverse!

GADFLY
Kerri Wachter | Baltimore, MD | March 14, 2012

Still a gadly after all these years, Doonesbury. I hope to share your work with my children someday -- should I choose (look everyone, the operative word is "choose") to have any. Thanks for continuing to boldly go where no man has before.

IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO
Toni | Riverside, CA | March 14, 2012

It wasn't that long ago that women were considered to be property -- first of their father, then of their husband. "Owners" had the right to make decisions for their "property." We are no longer considered property (about time!), so no one else has the right to make decisions for us. It is important that we don't slip back and allow someone else to make those decisions that affect our bodies. It's time for women to take a firm stand and reject politicians who want to turn back the clock.

PATRONIZING HOAX
K.G. | Seoul, SOUTH KOREA | March 14, 2012

The whole thing about women making an uninformed decision is such a patronizing hoax. After an IUD failure, I had an abortion when I was 23, and it was a sad experience, but there was nothing I couldn't understand about it. No health insurance + no stable job prospects + low income + living far from family + not married = not going to carry pregnancy to term. What more information does a person need? Even though my boyfriend (at the time -- he's now my husband) was supportive, we both knew that all we were essentially doing was stopping a lump of cells from growing into a baby that we couldn't afford. Having an abortion is a pragmatic decision, not an ideological or spiritual one; people don't have abortions simply because they lack an understanding of the biological mechanisms of conception and gestation. In my case, having an abortion was physically and emotionally draining in the short term, but in the long term, my husband and I have been proud of ourselves for being realistic about it: deferring parenthood allowed us to take time to go back to grad school, get married, get our careers and incomes on a good trajectory, and provide the kind of home we want our children to have. We would offer our heartfelt support to anyone facing a similar decision. And we offer our respect and thanks to you, Mr. Trudeau, for exposing the absurdity of the most recent attacks on women's reproductive rights.

YOUNG IGNORANT GIRLS
Paul | CALIFORNIA | March 14, 2012

I am surprised that people think that the ultrasound law is directed at the sophisticates that have no problem terminating the child that dares threaten their state of being. On the other hand, how many young ignorant girls have been convinced that an abortion is nothing more than an extension of the "contraception process"? And who's there at Planned Parenthood to tell them otherwise? These women are whom the Texas law is trying to protect (not to mention their babies).

IMPRESSED
Gillian Brent | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | March 14, 2012

I am impressed by how many papers you managed to upset enough that they're not running this week's strips. I'm also highly impressed by the strips. Thank you for sticking a well-sharpened stake into this particular subject.

NOT ALL
T.E. Chester | Victoria, TX | March 14, 2012

Not all of us in Texas are like Mr. Perry. There are those of us here who believe what happens between doctor and patient remains between doctor and patient. There are those of us who are aware that before abortion became legal, women across the country were dying from improperly performed abortions. Mr. Perry even came out against abortion in the case of rape. A few years ago I read that 90% of the rape victims never report it. That is so sad. But then, if Mr. Perry was raped, I seriously doubt he'd report it.

MOCKING
Brenda Pomerance | New York, NY | March 14, 2012

Thank you so much for mocking the transvaginal probe compulsory rapes. You make this topic emotionally understandable.

IN AMERICA
Anders | Ostersund, SWEDEN | March 14, 2012

I find it interesting how, in America, "freedom of the individual" is paramount in issues such as guns and money/taxes/health insurance, but not regarding women, their bodies and lives.

BLOWBACK COMMENTs
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | March 14, 2012

Thanks so much for the present storyline. Some of the Blowback comments are very interesting. Why assume that a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy "doesn't have all the facts"? I know of a couple who found out through genetic testing that their child would live a very short life, in pain and in hospitals. They agonized over the decision but chose to not bring that precious, wanted, loved baby into a world in which he would experience so much pain. In Kansas, it is now law that their doctor could have lied to them about the test results and taken that choice away from them. What is wrong with this country?

A PREMIERE CASE
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | March 14, 2012

I am amazed and heartened that you have taken on and persevere in this commentary on such a controversial issue. You've been all over political craziness and duplicity for years, but this is a premiere case where American politics, running amok, has directly, openly and perniciously impacted the rights of citizens. Even those who hate the rights and freedom side of the issue have got to think it out again as they are exposed to the discussion in the Blowback. You are not the only cogent protester of our bogus politics, but your graphics and finely wrought character dialog are powerful in their exposition of real-world people dealing with the real world. Thank you and keep it up.

MIXED FEELINGS
Maerzie | Perdido Beach, FL and Florence, WI | March 14, 2012

Such mixed feelings I have about this whole issue. As a Registered nurse of over 40 years, I have seen these tiny unborn babies, who are not blobs of protoplasm, but very human, so I think individuals need to take more thought before conceiving, not after! After is most certainly murder, renamed, semantically, to sound "nicer" because of our barbaric selfishness. However, I fiercely abhor the government having any say in my health, as I frequently even disagree with my doctor about my own life. However, some people do not know enough to make a humane decision, even though there are millions of people who would love to have these babies available to adopt.

OPTION
Jack Miller | Bryan, TEXAS | March 14, 2012

While it isn't listed as an option in the current Straw Poll ("Where should we intervene next?"), Texas would be a good choice.

COMPLETELY INSANE
K.B. | Beaverton, OR | March 14, 2012

I visited the site today to read the latest installment of the transvaginal diaries. Afterwards, I perused a number of comments in the Blowback section, then I looked into the Sandbox milblog. I made it through the entry entitled "Speechless" in which Maj. Duber (M.D.) tells the story of a 19-year-old female soldier in Afghanistan whose leg he amputated after an IED attack. Read the story if you can. Consider the sacrifice made by this young woman, so that Gov. Perry can have the freedom to vaginally probe her peers back home. Quoting Perry, "...Because you can't make the right choice without knowing the true impact of what you're deciding."... The contrast between the experience of our women soldiers and the war on women at home is one more indication that we've gone completely insane. May our creator have mercy on our souls.