Women Assaulted by Anti-Abortion Laws and Lies from Coast to Coast
A record number of new restrictions have been introduced in state legislatures so far this year, all of them threatening women’s lives and reproductive freedom. Not all have been voted into law yet or upheld by the courts, but the dangers are real and have horrendous implications, including overturning Roe.
Merle Hoffman was honored April 11, 2019, at a celebrationfor the Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Awards and reception “recognizing outstanding women who are making a difference.”
The event was hosted by ‘Friends of Rebecca Seawright” including the Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman, who gave opening remarks. The honorees included well-known newscaster Carole Jenkins, founder of the Women’s Media Center, and Ellen Ratner DC. Bureau Chief of Talk Media News among others.
Merle spoke to key moments in her life that had propelled her and keep her motivated today, including her first patient who came to Choices from New Jersey, and then the reality of the Hyde Amendment that took abortion funding away from poor women. She also shared key moments of her televised debate with the Reverend Jerry Falwell in Detroit on National Television in 1982 when she shocked him by saying that God was Beyond Gender.She concluded by urging everyone there, in what they do today, to keep foremost the fact that “women’s lives are on the line.”
The Politics of Black Holes
Wewere thrilled to see a photo of a natural phenomenon never before seen – a black hole, three million times the size of Earth, larger than the size of our entire solar system, and 500 million trillion km away.