“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
Merle Hoffman is an internationally known leader in the struggle for women’s rights, a healthcare pioneer, founder of women’s health, political, and reproductive rights organizations, and a prize-winning writer and publisher. Her work spans 52 years and continues today, proving to be more essential and relevant than ever in the ongoing fight for women’s human rights, including the ability to make their own reproductive choices.
Left: Merle Hoffman at the First Pro-Choice Civil Disobedience, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1989. Right: Merle Hoffman speaking at RiseUp4AbortionRights rally at Supreme Court on Roe V. Wade anniversary, Jan 22nd, 2022.
I understand and respect that not every person with the capacity for pregnancy identifies as a woman. I respect each individual’s gender identity, expression, and experience, and desire to be helpful and compassionate to all who need information about abortion or support. As an expression of this concern, Choices Women’s Medical Center initiated the first Trans Health Care Program in New York State in 2016.
While I do make an effort to use gender-inclusive language (person/people/they/them/patient) throughout this website, I do of course use woman/women/girls. I do so in order to acknowledge the long history of gender discrimination targeting women, the specialized health care that we provide, our experience with hundreds of thousands of women using our services and the biological reality that only people with uteruses are biologically capable of becoming pregnant and carrying a fetus.