Merle Hoffman has been a tireless advocate for women's rights

Merle Hoffman leads a pro-choice rally on the steps of St Patrick's Cathedral in NYC

Merle Hoffman and Geraldine Ferraro, women at the forefront of history

Merle Hoffman speaks of "Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom"

Merle Hoffman has been a tireless advocate for women's rights

Merle Hoffman

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Choices Women's Medical Center

A pioneer in women’s reproductive health care, Merle Hoffman established one of the first ambulatory abortion centers in the nation in 1971, Choices Women's Medical Center, shortly after New York State legalized abortion and three years before the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The name “CHOICES” stands for Creative Health Organization for Information, Counseling and Educational Services.

Intimate Wars

Merle Hoffman's memoir, Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom, brings alive the experiences of a woman who has lived, in the words of author Blanche Wiesen Cook, "on the front lines of the abortion wars...[and] has never turned away from the harshest battles or denied the most painful truths." Available on in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.

On the Issues Online

On The Issues, a progressive, feminist quarterly published by Merle Hoffman from 1983 to 1999, became ON THE ISSUES MAGAZINE ONLINE. Featuring world class writers and artists presenting issues related to reproductive rights and the state of the abortion debate, WLW Journal says "ON THE ISSUES has it all, and has become one of the most outspoken feminst journals in the U.S."

Choices Global Institute

The Institute was formed to promote women’s health issues for under served women in the United States and abroad who do not have access to women’s health services by referring such individuals to local organizations for services. The Choices Global Institute will achieve its charitable purposes by conducting community outreach programs aimed at raising public awareness about women’s health.

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The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture

In 2011, journalist, activist, and women’s health care pioneer Merle Hoffman endowed a director's position for sustained leadership of the Center.

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Guide to the Merle Hoffman Papers, circa 1944-2012 and undated , bulk 1961-2000

The papers of Merle Hoffman span the years from about 1944 to 2001, with most of the papers dating between 1961 and 2001. The collection is arranged in the following series: Choices, On the Issues, Personal Files, Photographic Materials, and Audiovisual Materials. The bulk of the materials consist of the records of Choices Women’s Medical Center, a New York City women’s health clinic and abortion clinic co-founded by Hoffman in 1971, and the organizational records for On the Issues, a feminist magazine owned by Choices and overseen by Hoffman. The remainder of the collection consists of Hoffman’s personal papers, mostly related to her pro-choice activism.

In addition to her pro-choice activities, Merle Hoffman has been a vocal proponent of patient self-empowerment; an active supporter of various political candidates in New York City; and a feminist activist. The collection reflects these interests to varying degrees. The records of On the Issues magazine are especially useful as a source of writings on a broad range of feminist and other issues.

To access the collection, visit:
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture Anders
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Merle Hoffman would wield a wire hanger at protests, to help get her point across. (Courtesy Merle Hoffman)
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A view of Choices Women's Medical Center lobby, of which Merle Hoffman founded in 1971.