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Censoring a cartoon

Local “newspapers” The Bend Bulletin and The Portland Oregonian are censoring this week’s Doonesbury cartoon strip about Texas’ (and other’s) state enforced rape pre-abortion ultrasound laws.

And yawl’ thought we were just a bunch of mamby-pamby liberals around here.

Here’s what’s in the strips (read them online here):

Monday: Young woman arrives for her pre-termination sonogram, is told to take a seat in the shaming room, a middle-aged male state legislator will be right with her.

Tuesday: He asks her if this is her first visit to the center, she replies no, that she’s been using the contraceptive services for some time. He says, “I see. Do your parents know you’re a slut?”

Wednesday: A different male is reading to her about the transvaginal exam process.

Thursday: In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”

Friday: Doctor is explaining that the Texas GOP requires her to have an intimate encounter with her fetus. He begins describing it to her. Last panel, he says, “Shall I describe it’s hopes and dreams?” She replies, “If it wants to be the next Rick Perry, I’ve made up my mind.”

Saturday: Back in the reception area, she asks where she goes now for the actual abortion. Receptionist tells her there’s a 24-hour waiting period: “The Republican Party is hoping you get caught in a shame spiral and change your mind.” Last panel: She says, “A final indignity.” Receptionist replies, “Not quite. Here’s your bill.”

Vatican ok with step-father rapist

Sometimes you just get the feeling the Vatican clerics have never even read the Gospels.

The Vatican says the mother of the 9 year old who got her an abortion after the child was raped and impregnated by her step father should be excommunicated but the step father needn’t be.

I guess the Vatican is used to finding ways to see the lesser evil of raping and molesting children.

Catholic Church continues lurch back to Dark Ages

A nine year old in Brazil was impregnated by her step father. Her parents got her a legal abortion as Brazil law permits in cases of rape or health risks to the mother.

The Catholic Church has made a great show of excommunicating her mother and doctors, even after Brazil’s president criticized them for doing so.

The current Pope, both as Pope and before, has insured that the hierarchy only be filled with right wing, true believer zealots, like the anti-Semitic holocaust-denier bishop he just forgave. The Vatican continues its sharp, steady, inexorable move to the extreme right and irrelevance.