This Week’s Cartoon: “Year of the Mombies”

While much of the news media was rightly focused on Egypt last week, your friendly GOP-led House of Representatives was busy introducing a truly heinous bill called the “Protect Life Act.” This bill would allow emergency room doctors to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform an abortion to save her life.

This isn’t the pipe dream of some lone Bible-Belt crackpot from Upper Butt Scratch. The “Protect Life Act” is co-sponsored by one hundred Representatives, among them such right-wing luminaries as Paul Ryan and Ron Paul, whose libertarianism conveniently ends where ladyparts begin.

You know, we fight these battles year after year, and instead of seeing reason gradually prevail, we have a situation where the opposition only grows more radical and monstrous. It’s only a matter of time before these people are really running the show, and I shudder to think about what will happen.

On a cheerier note, look for one of my cartoons in the current issue of Ms. Magazine!


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  • Michael Fish

    Wonderful cartoon and comment. Deal with those bad men Murdoch and the Koch Brothers – Planet Killers, Enablers of Denial and Feedom for Women. How did a civilized country come to this?

  • Adam

    The thing is, once these precious, beloved and wonderful fetuses turn into actual living babies, the GOP officially stops giving a shit about them.

  • John

    Great cartoon. What an outrage.

    I’m also puzzling about the logic of this bill. How exactly is an embryo supposed to get by in this world without a living womb to develop in?

  • Jen Sorensen

    John – Trying to apply logic to these situations is, I’m afraid, generally a mistake.

  • Adam DeCoste

    This is what happens when politics is placed over policy, or, in this case, people. Having the most rabidly anti-abortion record will give congress people the edge with “social conservatives” (aka “Fundamentalist Christians”). The effects of legislation on actual people isn’t a significant factor..

  • Steve Fisher

    I’m currently reading “Idiot America: How Stupidity became a Virtue in the Land of the Free” by Charles Pierce. It was written in 2009 — very recently. This silliness (the “Protect Life Act”) would make a good chapter.

    Adam is correct. The righties call themselves “pro-life,” but they should more accurately be called “pro-birth.” Which is to say, once the baby is born, the righties really could not give a shit less what happens to it.

    And — they don’t have enough of a sense of irony to realize the absurdity of their position. (Of course, if righties had any sense of irony at all, they wouldn’t be righties to begin with.)

  • Mr. Mayes

    And people called me crazy for putting together my “Zombie Survival Kit”.

    BTW, I thought the Republicans were supposed to be focused on jobs. I have yet to hear one thing out of the Republican controlled House that is focused on jobs.

  • Library Lady

    As a currently 8 months pregnant person, I have to say that explains a lot about how I feel right now–I’m actually a zombie. No wonder I walk slowly, with a strange in-human gait, look like death warmed over, and feel like at any minute a bizarre parasite is about to burst directly out of my stomach, alien-style.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Mr. Mayes – Lizz Winstead had a funny tweet the other day about how the only job Republicans ever cared about was the one Clinton got in the Oval Office.

    Library Lady – Ha! I’ve often thought pregnancy seems a bit too close for comfort to the Alien movies — not that I have firsthand experience.

  • Michael Welle

    In the film “Fellini Satyricon” we see a society where human and animal life is given little value. People are sacrificed at the whims of the debauched, the powerful. Sexual gratification is prized above all. Often people will put others lives in mortal danger in order to gratify themselves.

    I am against abortion. However, this comic makes the point that a pregnant woman will not receive medical treatment if it endangers the life of the child–thereby putting both in mortal danger. Nathaniel Hawthorne often spoke of religious pride in his work. Here we have conservatives trying to placate the religious people who really are against abortion by endangering the lives of both the mother and the fetus. All of this is (probably) to become re-elected.

    At first I didn’t like the comic, but the more I think about it, the more I realize the point.

  • samuel

    “… among them such right-wing luminaries as Paul Ryan and Ron Paul, whose libertarianism conveniently ends where ladyparts begin.”

    “Bizarrely hypocritical”

  • Jen Sorensen

    Samuel – I know and love that cartoon, and just had lunch with its author yesterday!

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.