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Mar 9, 2012 7:04 PM by Jacqui Heinrich

Cartoonist: 'Doonesbury' pushback not surprising

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cartoonist Garry Trudeau says it would have been surprising if there hadn't been pushback against an upcoming series of his "Doonesbury" comic strip that lampoons a Texas abortion law requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion.

The national syndicate that distributes "Doonesbury" to hundreds of U.S. newspapers said Friday it will offer a replacement option after a handful of papers indicated being uncomfortable with the abortion law series.

Trudeau says in an email to The Associated Press that abortion is a contentious subject but that his goal isn't to antagonize editors and "get booted from papers."

Some newspapers say they won't run the series next week, while several others plan to move it from the comics to opinion pages. Many papers already run the strip on op-ed pages.

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