Responding to the steadily growing need to provide the public with up-to-date information on AIDS, the N.Y. City Department of Health has established a new, 24-hour hot line: (212) 608-4860. The caller will get a recorded message explaining symptoms and latest Health Department facts. We hope this new number will speed the flow of information to a public that urgently wants, and needs, concrete data as opposed to the dramatic news reports published recently. The Department has also published a question/answer pamphlet; it is available by writing to: AIDS Information Office, NYC Department of Health, 125 Worth St., NY 10013.

For more information, there is a nationwide toll-free number established by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta: (800) 342-AIDS.

This alert was printed in our first issue of Fall 1983.


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.