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Papers debate publishing Doonesbury comic strips focused on abortion law requiring ultrasound
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ' Universal Press Syndicate will offer replacement Doonesbury strips next week for newspapers that don't want to run a series focused on a Texas law requiring women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion.
Syndicate managing editor Sue Roush said Friday that some newspapers are concerned about the comic strip's take on the law, which requires doctors to perform a sonogram as well as show and describe the image to a woman before she has an abortion.
Syndicate president Lee Salem says it's not unusual for Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury strip to tackle issues not normally found on comics pages. Some newspapers in fact run it in opinion and editorial pages instead.
Roush says some newspapers want replacement strips, while others say they're still deciding how to present next week's offering.