The Art Perspective: May ’08

The Art Perspective: May ’08

OTI Online provides a new forum for artists to present contemporary art in relation to the topic for that issue. Our online forum allows new possibilities for showing art, including moving images, as well as stills

This art section will explore a different artist for each online issue. I welcome feedback from online viewers with emails to [email protected].

Introduce this issue’s art section with my own art, in which the female is center stage for a social idealism that transforms violence, destruction and fragility associated with the AIDS victim into seeds for restoration and empowerment.


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.