- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A new political-advocacy cartoon warns that if lawmakers aren’t stopped in their attacks on abortion, women may need a time machine to get one.

“No two ways about it: They must think we’re stupid,” said the cartoon released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The colorful piece — prepared by nationally syndicated political cartoonist Jen Sorensen — uses a “sale” on chastity belts, a connect-the-dots coat hanger, and image of a “pre-2013 time machine” to explain how and why women need to stand up to lawmakers and the “anti-choice groups” that are trying “to advance these attacks” on abortion.

The cartoon mocks Republican Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona and Steve Stockman of Texas as “high-minded sages” who say things that are “not exactly science.” Mr. Franks is quoted as saying “Women don’t get pregnant that often from rape,” while Mr. Stockman’s quote is “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”

Democratic Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, pictured in bold, pink tennis shoes, is cheered for her “epic filibuster” against a Texas abortion law.

Tell lawmakers that “we’re not stupid” and “stop interfering in our private decisions,” the cartoon concludes.

Charmaine Yoest, president and chief executive of Americans United for Life, who is portrayed but not named in the cartoon, responded by saying, “Protecting women’s lives and health is no laughing matter.”

“These cartoonish images highlight the fact that an out-of-touch abortion industry is losing its battle against common-sense regulations that protect women’s lives and health, as well as the lives of their unborn children,” Mrs. Yoest told The Washington Times Wednesday.

• Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at cwetzstein@washingtontimes.com.

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