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I am glad you're taking on the simultaneous absurdity and seriousness of this issue. This is not about whether abortion should be legal or not, or whether abortion is baby-killing. It's not about whether a sonogram is useful (it obviously is in many situations) but whether it is necessary. Doctors and patients are the only ones who should decide what is medically necessary -- certainly not a legislator with no medical training, no context for an individual's situation, and often, no vagina. (And shouldn't we be reducing the number of unnecessary medical procedures anyway, to combat rising health care costs?)
It is a sad state of affairs when a comic strip is one of the few public venues where this topic is being discussed without 'pulling any punches.' Keep up the good work.
Thanks for a strip that was genuinely funny and on point. I'm disappointed in our local paper, The Oregonian, for refusing to run it.
As a 74-year-old woman I commend you for your years of devotion to highlighting just causes in the United States. The current political climate as ramped up by the GOP is a great disappointment to me, my children, and grandchildren, who have worked for equal rights for most of our lives. We realize our power and we will vote the GOP out of our lives. Thank you for all your great work and your excellent sense of humor.
I do not like your strip and never have; however, you do have a point in the latest strip. While I am deeply opposed to baby murder in the form of abortions, I do not think the government should infringe upon the rights of citizens. I think abortions should be illegal for that exact reason. So while I am completely on the other side of the fence and disgusted by almost anything you do, I think you have a point.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is so bad about making a woman look at the sonogram of a baby she is about to legally murder?
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.