ON THE ISSUES MAGAZINE ONLINE is a successor to the print publication, On The Issues Magazine, a progressive, feminist quarterly print publication from 1983 to 1999, both published by Choices Women’s Medical Center, Merle Hoffman, President and CEO, located in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
Merle Hoffman, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, is an award winning Journalist, activist, political organizer and women’s health care pioneer. She is the Founder, President and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities.
In 2011 to 2012, Merle Hoffman celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Choices Women’s Medical Center and the January 2012 publication of her memoirs:
The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room
(published by Feminist Press)
Established in 1971 with a vision of patient empowerment through knowledge and education — “Patient Power” — Choices serves more than 50,000 patients a year. She also established Choices Mental Health Center which specialized in the treatment of rape incest and domestic violence. In an historic joint venture with the Yelstin Government she worked on developing the first feminist outpatient medical center in Russia as well as organizing Russian Feminists to deliver an open letter to Boris Yeltsin on the state of women’s health care. As an activist and organizer, Hoffman was co-founder of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), founder of the New York Pro-Choice Coalition, and organized the first pro-choice civil disobedience action at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. She is a frequent media guest and speaker, including at the 1995 International Women’s Conference in Beijing. She co-produced the documentary film, “Abortion: A Different Light,” and produced and hosted a thirty minute cable TV show entitled “MH: On The Issues.” In 2002, she was appointed to the National Advisory Board of American Philosophical Practitioners Association. Her archives were acquired by Duke University in 2002 and are a major part of the Sally Bingham Center’s women’s History papers. Hoffman has been honored for her work by the Department of Corrections of New York City, National Organization for Women (NOW), Women’s Health Care Services, Ecovisions, Community Action Network, the National Victim’s Center, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Veteran Feminists of America, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, and others. Hoffman writes frequently on topics related to women, politics and medical care, including for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of American Women’s Associations, in addition to her groundbreaking interviews and editorials in On The Issues Magazine.