Forever Bella

Forever Bella

Pioneer, visionary, feminist, mentor, revolutionary, woman of the people, principled politician. She had a great heart and extraordinary energy – and the courage always to speak truth to power. Comrade and friend, she was always right ON THE ISSUES:

“I am not elevating women to sainthood, nor am I suggesting that all women are good and all men are bad. Women have screamed for war. Women, like men, have stoned black children going to integrated schools. . . . Some women. They, of course, have a right to vote and a right to run for office. I will defend that right, but I will not support them or vote for them.”

On abortion laws: “I think women will not give up this right, nor will men who promote the right of choice… no matter what any court says, or any government or any church.”

“We don’t so much want to see a female Einstein become an assistant professor. We want a woman schlemiel to get promoted as quickly as a male schlemiel.”

Give ’em hell in heaven, Bella!


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.