This Week’s Cartoon: “Conservative Counseling”
Continuing with a long series of obnoxious happenings in matters repro, South Dakota has passed a law that pretty much forces women to seek “advice” from those faith-based “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” that I blogged about a few weeks ago. These centers are, as you might expect, notoriously unscientific. Poor South Dakotans. This is the second time I’ve had to make fun of them for this sort of thing. In all fairness, I will say the Badlands are lovely, and I spent a fine evening in Rapid City a couple years ago. South Dakota is also the home of the Corn Palace and a giant pink prairie dog (see below).
I debated whether or not to call this strip “Conservative Counseling” because I have misgivings about the term “conservative.” It implies the opposite of radicalism, yet a number of self-described “conservative” pundits have policy prescriptions that are, to put it gently, nothing short of dramatic. But in the end, the alliterative “c’s” had it.
[Afterthought: for a fascinating map of passport ownership that ties into the fourth panel of the cartoon, see this post by Krugman.]
Tags: abortion, reproductive justice, sex, south dakota