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THE WOMEN OF TEXAS
Inger Evensen | Oslo, NORWAY | March 12, 2012

Wow. Being from Europe, I had to do a Web search to find out what this week's abortion theme was all about. Subjecting every woman seeking abortion to a humiliating and medically unnecessary procedure for ideological reasons is unbelievably patronizing and downright abusive. What happened to civil rights in Texas? As long as abortion is legal, doctors should decide what procedures are necessary, not legislators. My sympathies to the women of Texas.

INVOLVED
Rick K. | Dayton, OH | March 12, 2012

When you want the government involved in health care, don't act surprised or outraged when the government gets involved in health care. As an old German proverb puts it, "Your bread I eat, your song I sing."

TEXANS
Felix Smittick | Converse, TX | March 12, 2012

I am surprised that more Texans have not come out against this government-mandated procedure. Maybe these strips will open people's eyes and mouths. A women's body is a women's body. The choices she makes are hers and hers alone. Government should keep out of the uterus.

FORGOT TO MENTION
Karen Kerr | Asheville, NC | March 12, 2012

You forgot to mention that the middle-aged male state legislator would also be against a health care decision being made by the government -- because that's one definition of "socialism." Love you, man.

THE SCARLET A
Ellen | Chicago, IL | March 12, 2012

Ah, yes, the Scarlet A. I guess we have a long history of stigmatizing the unfortunate among us. Who with any ounce of sanity thinks that sonograms should be required by law? Don't we have doctors to determine whether they are medically necessary? I can't help but think this is similar to the situation in Egypt where women were being given virginity tests after being arrested for protesting in the streets of Cairo.

MY SIDE OF THINGS
Gregory Warner | Huntington Beach, CA | March 12, 2012

Over the years I have alternately shaken my fists at you for not seeing my side of things and applauded you for "telling it like it is." My verdict on your latest controversy: keep singing the song in the key you think is best. Dude (and I mean Dude in an awkward, trying to sound hipper than I am way), you are awesome. Keep up the good work. This country needs your voice. Thanks for everything!

NOISE
C.M. Dutcher | Littleton, CO | March 12, 2012

Whew, lotta noise from this first strip. I guess it will only get noisier. For all the hellfire coming your way please know that this woman is grateful and thankful for your insight and humor on a lousy law bent on shaming and controling women. The anti-choice faction will never relent. Wish they understood that organizations like Planned Parenthood that give access to birth control stop more abortions than they ever will..

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.