by John Stoltenberg Heresy raises hell — like when Copernicus said, “The sun does not revolve around the earth.” So imagine the heat when feminists declare, “Men are not superior to women.” The babel has …
Merle Hoffman recounts her life and career as a women’s health care activist. She recalls her founding in 1971, two years prior to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, of Choices, an abortion clinic in New York City. Merle Hoffman responded to questions from members of the audience.
Merle Hoffman, Founder/President of Choices Women’s Medical Center, began publishing On The Issues (OTI) in 1983 as a black-and-white newsletter sent out free-of-charge to Choices’ patients, staff and other interested parties. The enthusiastic response inspired her to develop OTI as the Progressive Feminist Magazine published quarterly through 1999, reaching a nationwide and international audience that grew to 20,000 subscribers. OTI went digital in 2008, continuing regular publication through 2012 and periodically after that. It became known for provocative and controversial articles, opinion pieces, and Hoffman’s editorials on burning questions that remain critical and relevant today.
“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, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion—“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.