On The Issues Magazine and Merle Hoffman Take on The Past, Present and Future of Abortion

On The Issues Magazine and Merle Hoffman Take on The Past, Present and Future of Abortion

by The Editors

NEW YORK — To mark four decades of women exercising the right to have an abortion and the beginning of a major presidential election year, high profile activists, authors and thought leaders in the reproductive rights and justice movements join Merle Hoffman and On The Issues Magazine for a special issue sparking new conversations around abortion politics and inspiring a more hopeful future for reproductive freedom. The Winter 2012 issue, titled simply, “Abortion” is being launched in conjunction with the release of On The Issues Magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Merle Hoffman’s memoir, Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion From The Back Alley to the Board Room.

Leading writers and activists such as Gloria Feldt, Amanda Marcotte, Andrea Plaid, and Kathryn Joyce tackle current issues surrounding the intimate topic that continues to dominate our political debates and dinner tables, such as the efficacy of pro-choice organizations, the question of whether we can actually find a common ground, the LGBT women of color community’s role in the movement, and in-depth reporting on the current face of the anti-choice movement. And with U.S. abortion restrictions hitting a record level in 2011, this issue comes at a pivotal moment.

Abortion rights in this country are at a crossroads, says Merle Hoffman. As we enter one of the most hostile political climates against reproductive rights we’ve ever seen, it’s vital that we come together to share our stories, draw on our history and develop fresh, innovative ideas to work toward the day where abortion is no longer a dirty word, but is embraced as a legal and moral right for every woman in this country.

In conjunction with this issue, Hoffman’s memoir, Intimate Wars, was released this month, a book documenting 40 years of her experiences on the front lines of the reproductive rights movement as an abortion provider and activist, and offering her vision for the future of abortion. Excerpts from the book are included in the magazine’s new issue.

It’s time to take abortion back. Through this original collaboration of key reporting, analysis and storytelling by over thirty leading minds in the movement, Abortion and Intimate Wars aims to shift our efforts in a new direction, and look to a brighter future of reproductive choice for the next generation.


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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, 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.