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December 20, 2020


Choices Women’s Medical Center 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 health needs and a passion for serving them. We believe hands-on experience in a top-rated healthcare environment is the best way to do this, and to that end have developedworking relationships with hospitals, schools, and organizations to train their doctors, medical workers, and students. Choices Clinical and Medical Interns work with […]
June 18, 2019
Merle Hoffman featured In the VFA Pioneer Histories Project

Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) Honors Merle Hoffman

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.
April 19, 2019
This extraordinary photograph of a black hole was made possible by a 29-year-old woman, computer scientist Katie Bouman

April 2019: Choices Welcomes YOU, No Matter Where You Live!

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 11, 2019
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Protesters at Golden Globes

International Women’s Day – Women’s History Month

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.
February 8, 2019
Choices February 2019 newsletter

Choices February 2019 Newsletter

Recent events and news for February 2019 including a Message from Merle, Black History Month, Reproductive Health News, Baby M and commercial surrogacy, and the Day of Zero Tolerance.
January 22, 2019
Merle Hoffman raises her trademark hanger outside St. Patricks Cathedral in New York in 1989. This was the first pro-choice civil disobedience action in history.

46 Years of Roe v. Wade: The Struggle Continues

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.
January 17, 2019
Choices waiting room mural created by Linda Stein

2018 Year In Review at Choices

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.
January 4, 2019
Love and the Unexpected at Choices, December Newsletter

Love and the Unexpected at Choices

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.
December 29, 2018
Lets Chat at Choices Women's Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens, NY

Choices is Now Offering 24-7 Chat Service

Choices is excited to announce our new free 24 hour, 7 day a week, chat service is available for questions with women's health issues and to help you set up your appointments.
November 23, 2018
Twenty-five years ago, Choices Founder and CEO Merle Hoffman made a groundbreaking journey to Moscow bringing contraception, state-of-the-art abortion technology and her catalyzing message of reproductive freedom.

November 2018, Choices Newsletter

Return to Russia: Twenty-five years ago, Choices Founder and CEO Merle Hoffman made a groundbreaking journey to Moscow bringing contraception, state-of-the-art abortion technology and her catalyzing message of reproductive freedom.
November 21, 2018

Reports from Russia

For decades, Merle Hoffman has taken great interest in the state of reproductive care in Russia. On her last trip, she brought a delegation from Choices, state-of-the-art abortion technology, and her profound concept of Patient Power. Years later, she is still encouraging women to embrace themselves as experts of their own experiences.
November 21, 2018
October 2018 is Domestic Violence Awareness month; Choices Women's Medical Center

Tie a Purple Ribbon for Domestic Violence

The Choices October 2018 Newsletter covers the topics of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, GOOD MENTAL HEALTH ESSENTIAL FOR OVERALL HEALTH By Merle Hoffman, TODAY MOSCOW—TOMORROW THE WORLD, ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, and Recent Visitors to Choices.
November 20, 2018
September 2018 newsletter for Choices Medical

Sexual Health – A Good Start for School

A Good Combo: Sexual Health Awareness and Back-to-School Message From Merle September is Sexual Health Awareness Month. Obviously, sexual health is something for every day, not just one month, but I applaud all efforts to promote good sexual health practices and education for everyone, of all ages. And it’s especially important in this back-to-school month, in particular, for youth in middle and high school. These years have always been fraught with anxiety and upset about so many things, including peer […]
November 19, 2018
ACTIVISM, Choices Stands Firm Despite Court Ruling newsletter on August 8, 2018

Choices Stands Firm Despite Court Ruling

My Urgent Message now is to assure all of you in our Choices community and the broader reproductive rights/reproductive justice movement, that Choices Women’s Medical Center will never retreat from our commitment to continue to provide the very best and most comprehensive women’s healthcare.
August 3, 2018
Volunteer escorts welcome women outside Choices and shield them from anti-abortion protesters, rain, snow or shine.


Is New York supportive of abortion rights? As one of the first states to legalize it and as a state considered the “Abortion Capital of America,” one might think so. But if you looked at what happens at Choices every Saturday morning you could have another view. Even before I moved to our current location on Jamaica Avenue in 2012, the large organized anti-abortion protests began.
August 3, 2018
A reproductive rights activist for 46 years, Choices clinic founder Merle Hoffman said Judge Amon’s use of loaded language like “pro-abortion movement” in the decision betrays an inherently anti-choice viewpoint.

Federal Judge Sides With New York Anti-Choice Protesters, Dismissing Clinic Workers’ Testimony as ‘Unreliable’

A federal district court judge last week denied a preliminary injunction to prevent anti-choice protesters from demonstrating outside Choices Women's Medical Center, saying they did not “harass, annoy, or alarm” people during Saturday protests that have become routine since 2012.
July 11, 2018


Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court has dire implications across the board, including the real possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
June 7, 2018
June is Gay Pride Month... Choices is Proud to be a Safe Haven for LGBTQ People

June is Gay Pride Month… Choices is Proud to be a Safe Haven for LGBTQ People

June is Gay Pride Month! Choices is Proud to be a Safe Haven for LGBTQ People. Finding an LGBTQ-friendly doctor should not be a stressful experience – but too often it still is. NPR recently reported that 18 percent of all LGBTQ people in the US don’t go to physicians for fear of discrimination.
October 18, 2017
Merle Hoffman with members of the Women's Action Group

October 2017 – Choices in the News

Choices' October 2017 newsletter announces New Services to Begin for Women in Prison, New York Political Leaders Visit Choices, and Merle Hoffman with members of the new Women's Action Group.
April 7, 2017

Before Roe There Was Choices: February 2017 Newsletter

Before Roe, there was Choices Women's Medical Center. Choices has always welcomed women from other cities and states. In fact, our very first patient was from New Jersey. Today our out-of-town program is more important than ever with the new restrictions on abortion worldwide.
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