Merle Hoffman

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Intimate Wars Blog Series: My Abortion Story

It’s been over 40 years since I founded Choices Women’s Medical Center, one of the first and currently the largest and most comprehensive women’s health care centers in the country. Two years before the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, I opened the doors of Choices to provide women with services they desperately needed. […]

All Wars Are Intimate Wars

All wars are intimate. For women whose bodies have become battlegrounds in the struggle for reproductive freedom, the intimacy is profound. In the U.S. where the rise of the fundamentalist right has resulted in extensive attempts at creative new restrictions on women’s rights to Moscow, where an American style anti-choice movement has emerged, the struggle […]

The Opening of a Russian Front in the Abortion Wars

This piece was cross-posted from RH Reality Check On Thursday, the New York Times’ Sophia Kishkovsky published a piece about alarming news that’s been buzzing in reproductive rights circles for the last couple of weeks – Russia has embraced  their very own anti-choice movement, and it looks strikingly like ours here in the U.S. This […]

Dr. George Tiller: A Life Lived on the Line

George Tiller was a friend, comrade and associate of mine for over a quarter of a century. I would share time and ideas with him at conferences, refer patients for his services and exchange holiday gifts with his staff. He, like so many abortion providers, was a person of courage, integrity and commitment to women’s […]

Revolution Lite

Oscar Wilde, writing in The Soul of Man Under Socialism, said, “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.” Unsurprisingly, women have been assigned supporting roles in even the most expansive male-imagined Utopias. Yet, modern […]