I think the topic of abortion in Revolutionary Road is important to address because it is such a controversial issue now. Like April, married with other children, some women may find themselves in a position similar to hers. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 61% of women that get abortions in the United States have one or more children and 15% are unmarried. Right now all the rage in abortion laws is if it should be legal and should women be able to make the decision on their own. In North Carolina, as of January 14, 2014, “a woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided”. I find this really interesting because in Revolutionary Road, April was also discouraged by her husband and society. Her husband demands to have a say in her decision when she is contemplating aborting the child and seemed to have already made her decision by buying the contraption. April had hopes of moving to Paris and working but her pregnancy limited her in traveling and Frank did not want to have the child in France. When we learn that the first child they had was a mistake and they only had the second one to make the first not seem like a mistake we see Frank and April are unhappily trapped in their societal roles as parents; it seemed that they only had children because that is what society told them to do. As I tie this into today’s society, as a country we promote freedom of speech and choices; I think abortion is a choice that women should make according to their circumstances and should not be persuaded otherwise if they make the decision to abort an unborn child because considering it is their body and would end up being a major responsibility for them.


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