Choices continues to be a leader in women’s healthcare. Click the links below to view Choice’s latest news releases.
August 16, 2019
Nearly a half century ago, women with unwanted pregnancies would cross state lines seeking abortions that were legal in New York but banned in many other states across the country. Now new restrictions on abortion access are forcing women in several states to take similar measures and travel far from home to end pregnancies, health-care providers and supporters said. “We’ve had patients from Texas, from Georgia. We’ve had a patient from Alabama,” said Merle Hoffman, who runs Choices Women’s Medical Center, which provides abortions, in New York City.
July 16, 2019
The Guardian, a British daily newspaper with international circulation and a U.S. edition, featured Choices’ Out-of-Town Program in its July 4 article about women traveling across state lines for abortions in New York.
June 18, 2019
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.
March 7, 2019
Causette Magazine features an article on abortion, Choices Women's Medical Center, Merle Hoffman and the state of the abortion battle in the United States.
January 31, 2019
BBC.com reports that on the 46th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the landmark US ruling that made abortion legal, NY signed a new abortion rights bill that Merle Hoffman finds "overdue".
November 29, 2018
Queens DA candidate Rory Lancman picks up endorsement from abortion rights pioneer Merle Hoffman. Choices would like to share an article from the NY Daily News featuring Merle Hoffman speaking about why she endorses Rory Lancman for Queens District Attorney.
November 7, 2018
Queens Daily Eagle part one in a series about Choices Women’s Medical Center, a women-owned and -operated outpatient medical facility that prides itself on offering compassionate reproductive healthcare for patients in the heart of Jamaica, Queens.
May 18, 2018
Merle Hoffman’s 46-year fight for women’s health By Judy D’Mello | May 17, 2018 – 12:24pm An enormous oil painting of Queen Elizabeth I hangs, rather fittingly, over a fireplace of Tudor-era proportions in the Northwest Woods house of Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in women’s reproductive health care who established one of the first ambulatory abortion centers in the nation in 1971 in Manhattan. “That’s me,” Ms. Hoffman said, laughing and pointing to the portrait of Britain’s Virgin Queen wearing […]
April 20, 2018
Activist and journalist Merle Hoffman had been instrumental in the fight for women’s healthcare and reproductive rights long before the conversation was being had on a national scale. For more than 40 years, Hoffman has made tremendous sacrifices to ensure that women have a say when sweeping political decisions take place.
February 27, 2018
Choices Women’s Medical Center offers women of all cultures, nationalities, gender identity and ages a full range of gynecological testing and treatment services, as well as health education, prenatal care, and abortion services to 24 weeks. Choices is also one of the abortion clinics that accepts Medicaid and enrolls patients on-site for Medicaid Coverage in the state of New York.
June 23, 2017
In a major victory for access to abortion services, New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has asked a federal judge for an injunction against anti-choice abortion protestors from blocking patient access to a reproductive health clinic, Choices Women’s Medical Center. Schneiderman filed the federal lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court on June 20, 2017, to end the persistent harassment of patients seeking women’s reproductive services, citing multiple local, state and federal laws.
November 11, 2016
Australia and the Canadian province of British Columbia allow women to get abortion pills by mail after consulting with a physician or other health care provider via phone or the internet. Several international organizations offer mail service in countries where abortion is otherwise unavailable or severely restricted. The service is not available in the United States, and the Food and Drug Administration warns against buying the drugs over the internet.
August 11, 2016
Led by the pioneering efforts of founder and chief executive officer Merle Hoffman, Choices Women's Medical Center has served the Queens community and provided comprehensive women's healthcare for more than four decades. -- The Queens Courier by Suzanne Monteverdi
August 11, 2016
At 58, Ms. Hoffman adopted a 31/2-year-old girl from Russia. Friends greeted her with everything from shock to rage. “Some were like, ‘What are you, nuts? You’re too old!’” she recalled. “Some were supportive.
April 1, 2016
A pilot study in New York, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington will allow women to receive abortion-inducing drugs through the mail and be counseled by video. “It’s the future,” said Esther Priegue, the director of counseling at Choices Women’s Medical Center in Queens, NY, where the first of the pilot programs launched.
February 18, 2016
Choices’s workshop series “Sex Never Gets Old” presents comprehensive and factual information about the different types of STIs, their symptoms, treatments, testing, prevention and safe sex methods complete with demonstrations, a bit of wry humor about senior sex from Betty White, Woody Allen and other iconic seniors.