Recently, terrifyingly stringent abortion laws passed in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, and (soon) Missouri, threatening women’s rights in those states and possibly the rest of the country. The laws, which are being challenged in court, are destined to become test cases which could allow the new GOP majority on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Some of them have been designed to do just that.) With Trump Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the court, there may indeed be enough votes to junk 40 years of precedent and usher in an era of outright abortion bans and Republicans aren’t shy about gloating about it.
To honor the (so far pre-mature) victory over abortion rights, right-wing cartoonist Pat Cross drew a frustratingly confusing political cartoon which circulated on Twitter. Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted the illustration which features of four infants planting an “Alabama” flag on to some rubble.
The caption reads “Alabama takes on Roe v. Wade.”
The cartoon is a not-so-subtle nod to the Allied victory in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II and the iconic photograph capturing American marines planting a U.S. flag at the summit of Mt. Suribachi. That’s really the only thing that’s clear about it.
But what exactly is this cartoon supposed to mean?
trying to imagine a worse political cartoon and coming up empty pic.twitter.com/kEYz9eTBAj— Dr. Bennett Dump (@KrangTNelson) May 17, 2019
Are the babies declaring some rubble for the state of Alabama in their victory in an intergenerational war with adults?
Does the artist know there’s an *actual* state flag for Alabama?
Is the rubble supposed to be the Roe v. Wade decision or something more ominous?
Is the burnt ground supposed to be... a woman’s body? https://t.co/8XLBXf9E4v— Dan Wilbur (@DanWilbur) May 17, 2019
Are the babies actually soldiers? Are we supposed to support the fetuses like we support the troops?
Implying that the main purpose of having babies is to make them fight in wars might not be the pro-life message they think it is pic.twitter.com/bNDhuSaArK— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) May 17, 2019
Can anyone explain what this cartoon is all about?
Can you spot the four mistakes in this cartoon? pic.twitter.com/JFyt0vr7pP— Josh Comers (@joshcomers) May 17, 2019
It’s a mystery, but so is much of what the right-wing media does.