This scene also reveals the growing restlessness of Walter Lee, as well as the desperation with which Ruth

is trying to hold her family together. Ruth does not want to have an abortion, contemplating the act only because she sees it as the only way to keep the family together. It is possible that Lorraine Hansberry is attempting to make a bold feminist statement with this plot twist. During the 1950s, abortion was illegal. But, through Ruth's pregnancy, we can see why a mother might not want to keep a baby. Ruth is not an immoral or evil woman, she simply wants to do the best for the family that she already has.

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