Kudos & Awards – Utne Reader

Kudos & Awards – Utne Reader

By Elizabeth Larson

ON THE ISSUES delivers solid articles that are original and engaging without becoming esoteric. Every issue is carefully balanced to represent a wide range of interests and experiences: Volume XIV features two opposing pieces on Margaret Sanger, the controversial turn-of-the-century birth control advocate/activist; an interview with Renee David about French feminism and Jewish identity; photographs of African-American women from Brian Lanker’s book I Dream a World: Portraits of 75 Women Who Changed America; inspiring quotations from teenage women who organized to oppose the parental consent notification proposal; and a humorous academic piece (yes, there is such a thing) on the female jester in the court of Queen Mary I. One of the most thought-provoking features was an essay by John Stoltenberg about how, as a feminst male, he has had to reevaluate and even discontinue relationships with some of his male friends.

Despite a commitment to diversity, ON THE ISSUES — which is published by CHOICES Women’s Medical Center Inc. — does have one bias: Every issue devotes at least half a page to reproductive rights and the state of the abortion debate. In these times, the strong pro-choice slant is most welcome.


Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.