Choices Women’s Medical Center has a multitude of programs to help develop health care professionals with the best medical knowledge and understanding of women’s reproductive
Choices Founder, President, & CEO, Merle Hoffman is featured In the VFA Pioneer Histories Project, Second Wave activists, sharing her personal history of fighting for women’s health for decades, and the development of the Philosophy of Patient Power.
Women are crossing state lines again to come to Choices for safe and legal abortions that they cannot get elsewhere – And we welcome all of them!
March 8, 1908: Women demanded dignity and respect.
March 2019: So where are we today?
On March 8, 1908, many thousands of women garment workers poured out of New York City’s firetrap factories and demanded decent working and living conditions. Their bold action inspired March 8 to be celebrated all over the world. Some of the specifics of women’s lives may have changed since then, but their cry to be treated like human beings with dignity and respect, a cry for justice and freedom, is just as relevant and just as necessary today as then.
This historic action was defined by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “an important strategic change in the movement,” and I was also quoted on the cover of the New York Times Metro Section saying, “Women’s rights are in a state of emergency.” Ten years later in 1998, I wrote the following list of action items to guide the pro-choice movement into the future.
2019 marks the 48th year of Choices and the 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade as Choices Women’s Medical Center looks to the future. In 2018, Choices added services and solidified relationships, and founder Merle Hoffman returned to Russia to continue the Choices mission abroad.
This year marked the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, a global health campaign founded by the World Health Organization in 1988 to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and mourn those who have lost their lives to AIDS. Three years before the founding of World AIDS Day I took a trip that forever impacted my conception of the illness.