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The film is broken into three segments, taking place in , , and , but all take place in the same house. It portrays the stories of three women, whose commonalities are that each once lived in this house and each struggles with the issue of abortion. Because abortions are illegal at this time, she is forced to secretly find someone to perform the abortion for her.
In , Barbara Sissy Spacek is a middle-aged mother of four who has recently returned to school. In , Christine Anne Heche , a university student, becomes pregnant by her married professor. Wanting to keep their affair a secret, the professor encourages her to get an abortion and gives her money to attain one. The main focus of the film is on the personal struggles of each woman: how she feels about abortion ethically, how her family and close friend react, the decision-making process she goes through.
Over the course of the three segments, the options for women concerning abortion slowly improve. The prevailing attitude among her medical colleagues toward abortion is disdaining and hostile. In a scene with her husband where they discuss the possibility of abortion, he is shocked that she could even think of such a thing.
He says this as if he plays an integral role in the functioning of the household beyond his financial contribution, as if he shares a proportionate burden of responsibility. He clearly sees her first, perhaps only responsibility to be the family.
This segment aptly portrays the realities a woman considering abortion would have faced in this time: abortion was still an unrealistic possibility for many s women. In the final segment, Christine debates with herself and her best friend about whether or not to keep the baby. At first she goes straight to the abortion clinic, where she is confronted by a group of anti-abortion Christian protesters who remind her that her unborn fetus is a life and to end it would be a sin.
While she meets with the clinic staff, she reflects on how unfair it is that her life has been turned completely upside-down while the father is getting on with life as usual. They spout the usual rhetoric of how she has saved a life and so forth. They are much disappointed when she returns a few days later, this time with her best friend who has, in spite of her moral qualms, decided to support Christine.
What is interesting is that Christine feels the need to beg her friends forgiveness, as if she is able to this friend or anyone else for the unwanted pregnancy. The day that Christine receives her abortion, the clinic doctor is murdered by one the protesters. In the world of America, while abortions are legal and, medically-speaking, safe, they are still potentially dangerous in a broader social environment of condemnation.
Several themes surrounding abortion manifest in each segment: that it is a shameful or morally abhorrent act, that it is selfish on the part of the woman, and also that the main burden of the pregnancy— regardless of whether or not she chooses to end it— rests on her. The middle segment seems rather benign albeit depressing compared to the violence of the first and last segments. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google . You are commenting using your Twitter . You are commenting using your Facebook .
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