Bringing Courage, Vision and Mission-Driven Services to the Battle for Women's Rights
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.
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 Amazon.com in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.
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."
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.
In 2011, journalist, activist, and women’s health care pioneer Merle Hoffman endowed a director's position for sustained leadership of the Center.