Religious Liberty and Abortion Policy: Casey as "Catch 22"
Simmons, Paul D., Journal of Church and State
Like the hapless Yossarian and his fellow GI's in the closing days of World War II, women facing abortion regulations face a frustrating and often humiliating "Catch-22."1 The movie version of the novel made the phrase an unforgettable and telling part of the American vocabulary. Joseph Heller movingly portrayed the trap of the permission/denial syndrome-what is given with one order is taken away with another-in a way that every woman facing an abortion can understand. Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding abortion have left women facing the classic dilemma captured so memorably by Heller's anti-heroes. The dilemma goes to the heart of First Amendment concerns regarding abortion …
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Publication information: Article title: Religious Liberty and Abortion Policy: Casey as "Catch 22". Contributors: Simmons, Paul D. - Author. Journal title: Journal of Church and State. Volume: 42. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2000. Page number: 69+. © 1999 J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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