Star Tribune, Pioneer Press pull Doonesbury 'rape' cartoons mocking Texas abortion rules

The metro dailies are among newspapers pulling a cartoon that mocks a mandate requiring women to undergo a sonogram before seeking an abortion. Thursday's strip includes the lines, "The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10? shaming wand" and "By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape."
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The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are among some newspapers across the country that are pulling a Doonesbury comic series that mocks abortion rules in Texas, MinnPost reports.

The strips, which you can read yourself at Doonesbury.com, take on a mandate that requires women seeking abortions to first undergo a sonogram, or "transvaginal exam."

Thursday's strip includes the lines, "The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10? shaming wand" and "By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape." Read more at media blog Romenesko.

In an interview with the Washington Post, cartoonist Garry Trudeau says ignoring the abortion war "would have been comedy malpractice."

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