Some papers may reject 'Doonesbury' abortion strip
Around a dozen U.S. newspapers have raised questions about an abortion-related "Doonesbury" comic strip set for publication next week, and some will likely not run it, the syndicate behind the cartoon said on Friday.
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#1 Mar 10, 2012
The 1985 movie Silent Scream that Doonesbury intended to satirize and that newspapers didn't run was by Dr. Bernard Nathanson. He and Lawrence Lader were big figures in getting abortion legalized. Lader said that their public campaign included highlighting the Catholic Church as the one forcing its pro-abortion views on the nation. Margaret Sanger had used the anti-Catholic angle as part of her birth control campaigns with the early version of Planned Parenthood.
I have long thought that once JFK was elected President, after making a mistaken and extreme speech on separation of Church and State (liberal labor columnist Msgr George Higgins [R.I.P.] is just one, besides Rick Santorum, who said JFK was wrong in things he said in his speech to the Baptist ministers), many Catholics decided not to rock the boat and so were not as strong in fighting against abortion as they might have been if there had not been a Catholic elected President. It's the new arrive syndrome: don't rock the boat you just got on. It may be that the administration HHS rules were either intended as or were eventually made to function as a way to blame the Catholics for opposition to Obamacare, starting with the contraception regulation, and eventually helping the administration in the next election.
A religious sister whose motherhouse was in Minnesota said that when (conservative) Justice Harry Blackmun went to Mayo Clinic to deliberate on what became the Roe v Wade decision he did not talk to Catholic doctors in the area. Lawrence Lader said that he made more progress towards getting abortion legalized by his discussions and dinner meetings with Blackmun there in Minnesota than by anything else he did.
Nathanson performed 10,000 abortions. Perhaps the fact that his daughter attended a Catholic university--according to what I have read about her education--was a factor in Nathanson becoming pro-life and anti-abortion. That led to his making the famous movie. After seeing the movie, liberal columnist Ellen Goodman said the movie was so powerful that pro-abortion people like herself would have to reconsider their position and what the law should be. She said it might drastically change how Americans think about abortion. Ultimately, her position did not change at all. The movie was so powerful that the Des Moines Register had special editorial meetings to decide if they should change their position on abortion; they did not.
The Goodman and Des Moines Register stories are strong evidence that the movie was considered powerfully effective. So that may be a reason that Trudeau decided to try to counter the movie by satire. Ironically, he didn't want people to watch the movie and then his own comic strip on the subject was not seen by people in the newspapers, but only in New Republic, according to the way I read the story on some newspapers now not wanting to carry the ultrasound comic strip either. He wanted to silence the scream. He is trying to do the same thing he tried to do regarding Silent Scream with reference to the ultrasound test: Silence the heartbeat.
One can see the wisdom and apppropriateness of some newspapers deciding some years ago to run Doonesbury in a place in the newspaper separate from the comic strip pages.. Mocking an ultrasound law by concentrating on a woman wanting an abortion is certainly not comical.
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