A pioneer in women's reproductive health services since 1971...
Check out the video chronicle of Choices' journey to Jamaica!
President/CEO Merle Hoffman guides viewers through the process of turning an empty building into a center for reproductive rights, sharing the nuts and bolts of being an abortion provider -- from struggling to survive in a building with an anti-choice landlord, to persevering despite protesters, to designing space for patients.
We're proud of our beautiful new home, and can't wait to share it with you.
MEDICAL STUDENTS for CHOICE CONFERENCE ON FAMILY PLANNING
educating beyond the classroom
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, in St. Louis, MO, Merle Hoffman will be presenting an educational seminar entitled "The Courage to Defend- the Will to Resist".
Women's rights are in state of emergency, and providers – now, more than ever- must be Warrior Healers on the front lines of this struggle. It is critical to remember what history has taught us, what must be done, and how we must lead. Merle Hoffman is a pioneer in developing and providing women's health services; an award-winning writer; and a fearless advocate for women who have been in the forefront of cutting edge issues for over 40 years. Her memoir, Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom, brings alive her experiences. In her writings as well as actions, Hoffman has uncompromisingly followed he deep conviction that women's right to reproductive choice must be fought for and upheld without apology.
Ms. Hoffman will also be awarding the 2012 Warrior Healer Grant Award to two outstanding Medical Students who have proven their extraordinary commitment to women's' lives and freedom.
In 2012, Merle Hoffman celebrates the 41st Anniversary of Choices Women's Medical Center and the publication of her memoirs:
Merle Hoffman is the publisher/editor-in-chief of On The Issues Magazine and one of the most outspoken advocates for progressive and feminist issues.
Merle established Coices Women's Medical Center to provide abortion services shortly after New York State legalized abortion in 1971. Today, Choices has grown to become one of the most comprehensive and nationally well respected providers of a full range of gynecological services for women, including abortion to 24 weeks of pregnancy, birth control and pre-natal care..
In 1983 Merle began On the Issues Magazine as a newsletter of Choices Women's Medical Center to communicate with other health care providers, pro-choice activists and the reproductive health care community generally. Within a few years it had developed into On the Issues, the Progressive Woman's Quarterly, gaining accolades as a motivating, challenging and controversial magazine of ideas and action. After ceasing publication in 1999, On the Issues Magazine was reborn as an online publication in Spring 2008 and publishes all-new, themed editions quarterly with new articles added weekly.
Read Merle's editorials, play the videos of her speeches, and open your mind and heart to her passionate, provocative ideas and analyses.
The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room
The Newswomen's Club of New York has awarded Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Merle Hoffman its 2010 Front Page Award for political commentary.
Hoffman's article, “Selecting the Same Sex,” appeared in the “Our Genders Our Rights” edition of On The Issues Magazine and discusses the complex, troubling practice of aborting female fetuses while firmly upholding women's right to abortion.
"On The Issues Magazine" FALL 2012:
Success on equality and justice takes activism in every season -- in and beyond elections. Our writers and thinkers zoom in on core concerns and ideas for our future in On The Issues Magazine Fall 2012.Visit the site for original content and our archives.
©2012 Merle Hoffman