Monday, March 26, 2012

Doonesbury Creator Trudeau takes on Texas GOP

Abortion law the focus of banned comics

Garry Trudeau challenged conservative sensibility with a week-long series of comic strips satirizing Texas law governing abortion procedures.

Many of the state's conservative publishers banned the series of cartoons outright, while others throughout the nation moved the offending panels to the Op-Ed pages of their sheets.

Mr. Trudeau chose to publish his series during the week leading up to a marathon 6-hour oral argument session which began today before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Patient Care Act of 2010, otherwise known in conservative circles as “Obamacare.”

A decision on the lawsuit brought by 26 states attorneys general is expected in June.

Many of the rules attached to the new law concern the dispensation of reproductive health services, including under what terms and conditions such employers as religious institutions opposed to birth control and abortion must provide contraceptive devices and medicines, surgical procedures, and the like, in their employees' health benefits packages.

Matters regarding reproductive rights have become a litmus test for conservative candidates for office. The propriety of public finance of contraceptive, reproductive surgical procedures, and all other questions in that department are the object of deep probes by conservative questionnaires PAC's send to candidates seeking campaign funding. The questions are detailed, incisive, and exacting.

To see the entire series of the “Doonesbury” cartoons reviewing the new Texas law attached to seeking an abortion thus banned or placed in less offensive page positions, one need only click here:

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