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    Merle Hoffman(Author)

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Merle Hoffman's life story is riveting. A former classical pianist, a self-made millionaire, and a feminist who found her life's work providing abortions, she has been a fearless crusader for women's right to choose.

Over the years, Hoffman has used her entrepreneurial spirit to build one of the most comprehensive women's medical centers in the country. In 1971 (two years before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion nationally), Hoffman founded Choices, an abortion clinic in New York. As a medical provider, she pioneered "patient power," encouraging women to participate in their own health care decisions. And going against even her own expectations for her life after fifty, she adopted a child and writes about her experience as a mother.

Whether addressing the murder of abortion providers like Dr. George Tiller or challenging women to understand their own power over their bodies and the language used to wield such power, Merle Hoffman has been on the front lines of the feminist movement, a fierce warrior in the battle for choice.

Merle Hoffman is an award-winning journalist, activist, and women's health care pioneer. In 1971, she founded Choices, one of the first ambulatory abortion centers, which has become one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive women's medical facilities in the United States. She is also the publisher of On the Issues, an online feminist magazine.

Merle Hoffman:Merle Hoffman is an award-winning journalist, activist, and women’s health care pioneer. In 1971, she founded CHOICES, one of the first ambulatory abortion centers, which has become one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities in the US. She is also the publisher of On the Issues, an online feminist magazine.Website:

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Merle Hoffman(Author)
  • The Feminist Press at CUNY (January 10, 2012)
  • English
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  • By jacketchmson on March 25, 2017

    ok. was looking for more historical info on movement, less personal details ...not sure i agree that she was THE woman who affected change .seems cavalier about 'liberation' at times, when harsher reality for most...potaTOE/poTATo

  • By Stanley L Rustin Ph.D. on January 30, 2012

    In a brilliant 1950 film, "All About Eve," a character played by Celeste Holm turns to her companions and expecting a turbulent and possibly confrontational evening says, "Fasten your seat belts it's going to be a bumpy ride." The same might be said for the life of Merle Hoffman who has written a candid, self revealing, and at times not very flattering picture of her life in "Intimate Wars."Born in Philadelphia and raised in a middle class neighborhood in Queens, New York, Merle first aspired to become a concert pianist and then as a young woman in 1971 with Dr. Martin Gold, founded the Flushing Women's Medical Center, "one of the first ambulatory abortion facilities in New York." This center was the beginning of a stormy and challenging career for Merle as a feminist, activist, and fighter for women's reproductive right. Once the Flushing Women's Medical Center opened, it became a magnet for women seeking an alternative to self inflicted abortions which might lead to complications and possible death, to a legal, safe choice to carrying on unwanted pregnancy to termination. Two years before Roe vs. Wade became the landmark decision legalizing abortion, women in New York State were able to legally terminate their pregnancies. The stage was then set for confrontations between Pro Choice and Pro Life advocacy groups. The struggle between these polar positions became a battleground that continues to the present, even as we list the casualties from the past.In this highly personal account, Merle takes the reader from the evolution of the Flushing Women's Medical Center to it's present incarnation as Choices (an acronym for Creative Health Organization Counseling and Educational Services) which performs thousands of abortions each year. With the growth of Choices and her advocacy for women's right to choose, Merle has been the lightening rod for death threats and bomb threats to the center. She eloquently describes the murder of her colleagues as well as abortion clinics that have been set on fire."Intimate Wars" is a riveting read about one person's role in fighting for a woman's inalienable right to either terminate her pregnancy or not. For anyone interested in an excellent description of the struggle to secure this right I highly recommend this beautifully written searingly honest memoir.Stanley L Rustin Ph.D.Professor Emeritus - Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York

  • By J. Baird on January 11, 2012

    This brave, raw and fascinating memoir is, at its core, about the journey towards self-actualization and the freedom necessary to master one's life. Fortunately for countless women, the book's heroine, Merle Hoffman, used her brilliance and immense talents to provide them with safe, affordable reproductive healthcare. The author uncomplainingly describes for her readers the terror and abuses she has endured at the hands of anti-abortion fanatics in order to provide abortion services. All who believe that abortion and birth control create an equal playing field for women that enables them to control their health and very lives will feel indebted to Ms. Hoffman after reading this book. For decades she has held the torch of freedom, often a heavy burden to bear, in order to light the way for others.

  • By Vaughana Feary on January 2, 2012

    "Intimate Wars" is a passionate philosophical memoir in which Merle Hoffman, a leading feminist theoretician/practitioner, moves effortlessly from touching personal revelations about the lonliness of being a warior for social change to the politics of the abortion struggle. It is a brilliant naarative of love and revoloution. There are many loves: for cultural heritage. for music, for husband/mentor, for patients whose hands she held as they underwent abortions, and for an enchanting child adopted from Russia. And there are two equally compelling revolotions! One is in the life of the author as she is transformed from budding concert pianist to relentless champion for womens reproductive freedom. The other is in the radically changed patient care and abortion services created through Hoffman's vision and courage. Anyone who shares her passion for social justice will love this book !

  • By David Michaels on January 2, 2012

    Merle Hoffman's Intimate Wars is a fascinating chronicle about an important person that shaped the rights of women. Intimate Wars tells the story about the passion of one's beliefs, the discovery of one's self, and the lives touched on the forefront of equal rights. Rich and fascinating in all respects, I couldn't put the book down from the moment I first opened it up. And for me to have my eyes get watery as Ms. Hoffman told the story of her visits to Russia... That's something not easy to accomplish on someone like myself. Those whose lives she has touched and affected in a positive way are countless. A truly incredible story and a must-read.

  • By Esther Santiago on January 3, 2012

    "The book provided me with an opportunity to see what it is like on the front lines of the battle for women's reproductive rights. It was riveting, educational, and I did not want to put it down."Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room

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