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If These Walls Could Talk - film review

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If These Walls Could Talk is a film that examines the issue of abortion through three different time periods: 1952, 1974, and 1996, and each story takes place in the same house. Through the three different characters, the audience views abortion from three different angles. The story that takes place in 1952 is about a young woman, Claire, who is a recently widowed nurse. During a grieving period of drinking she has a one night stand with her brother-in-law and becomes pregnant. Her only choice seems to be an illegal abortion. Claire faces sexism with a doctor at work when she tries to ask for help. The male doctor had no sympathy for her what-so-ever and pretty much said it was all her fault. Claire finds it difficult to find a safe way to have the abortion because the safer it is, the more it costs. This is where her class comes in to play. Even though she lives in a nice house, she is now only bringing in her paycheck, which is probably not very much. She has no family to turn to except her in-laws and she could never let them find out. Unfortunately, her sister-in-law does discover the news and tells Claire that she needs to leave this town and have it somewhere else... ...read more.


At the time, the culture seems more open to women having abortions. It is the beginning of a large movement for women's rights. She even has a friend who had an abortion and has no regrets. Barbara's husband does not even seem to consider abortion when they are talking things through and she kept the idea inside her. He seems to think the only thing to do was to work things out and sacrifice some things. The role of who has the power in the household seems to show here. John, the husband and the main wage-earner, has a presence of being the leader, the boss. He does not seem to abuse this power, but rather, it just exists and Barbara does not challenge it. Although Barbara has more privilege than Claire, meaning abortions are more available and she could probably afford it, she still decides to have to baby. She says that she does not know if it is the right decision, but feels that it is the only one she can live with. The final story that takes place in the house occurs in 1996. Chris is a college student who lives in the house with her best friend. She becomes involved with a professor and they have a secret affair that leaves Chris alone and pregnant. ...read more.


The doctor replied that she just thinks of all the women she has helped and lives she may have saved from doing abortions safely. Just as Dr. Thompson was finishing up Chris's abortion, a man burst in and shot the doctor about four times. I thought this film was excellent. It showed me how abortion has changed throughout the decades, going from completely illegal, to completely legal, and now it seems to be very limited. I fear that one day it will return to being completely illegal again with the way things are going right now. I think every woman should have the choice. If it were to happen to me right now, even though it would be difficult, I would have the baby and either give it up for adoption or keep it. The reason I would choose this is because I have a strong relationship with my family, friends, and boyfriend. I have many people who would support me and help me through it. I think there are many people out there who are not as privileged as me and abortion may be the better choice for them. Women should have the right to their own bodies. Our current policy on abortions does not seem to give enough access to abortions as it should. The women who really need abortions are unable to get them due to lack of access, high costs, and no insurance. We need to keep fighting for our rights. ...read more.

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