FAIRWAY, Kan. — Six "Doonesbury" comic strips centering on abortion were not distributed to newspapers because they might have been considered controversial and may not have been used, a Universal Press Syndicate official said today.
It was the first time since "Doonesbury" went into national syndication 15 years ago that the often-controversial comic has not been distributed.
The decision was reached mutually by officials of Universal Press and Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, said Lee Salem, editorial director at Universal Press.
The panels were printed in the June 10 issue of The New Republic under a special arrangement. The magazine was on newsstands Thursday.