This last week of January marks the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Jan 22 1973 decision legalizing safe abortions. (Thank you.) Recognizing that, here are two comics from that year - each produced as a response right after the decision occurred.
First, from the always entertaining Right To Life Organization, we have what seems to be the first pamphlet they ever produced, 1973's WHO KILLED JUNIOR? where we learn doctors were dousing women with salt to melt fetuses and were also jabbing and swinging steak knives in there to chop up babies. Huh.
From the Head Shop, Hippy, Feminist Side, we have the Left's excellent and calming ABORTION EVE, also from 1973, where we learn people were happily getting lots of abortions and just liked to talk and talk and talk about it. Both have great back covers, one celebrating Mad Magazine, the other evoking Hitler. I'm not sure which comic wins the argument, but it's a lot of fun to pair them up and read as a set.
WARNING: the anti-choice comic contains graphic images. The pro-choice comic contains verbose, unshaven hippy chicks and all the links smell like patchouli.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.