Press Releases

Choices continues to be a leader in women’s healthcare. Click the links below to view Choice’s latest news releases.

August 16, 2019
Choices Women's Medical Center's Out of Town program is featured in Thomson Reuters story published on August 15,2019.

As U.S. restrictions tighten, women seeking abortions hit the road

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 featured Choices’ Out-of-Town Program in its July 4 article about women traveling across state lines for abortions in New York.

Choices Out-of-Town Program Becomes News Internationally

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
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.
March 7, 2019
Causette Magazine features article on abortion, Choices, and Merle Hoffman

Causette Magazine features Choices: États-Unis Avortement sous protection rapprochée

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
Three women with different perspectives on the new law tell their views on

New York abortion law: Why are so many people talking about it? 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

Merle Hoffman endorses Rory Lancman for Queens District Attorney

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
"In Jamaica, a Nondescript Facility Is a Women’s Health ‘Oasis’" in the Queens Daily Eagle on November 07, 2018.

In Jamaica, a Nondescript Facility Is a Women’s Health ‘Oasis’

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
A Modern Day Abortion Rights Crusader, Merle Hoffman’s 46-year fight for women’s health By Judy D’Mello in The East Hampton Star

A Modern Day Abortion Rights Crusader

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
Merle Hoffman with Geraldine Ferraro, used with Merle Hoffman: Courage In The Face Of Hate on April 12, 2018, in Queens Tribune

Merle Hoffman: Courage In The Face Of Hate

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
Pregnancy Test Strip

Medicaid Coverage and Abortion: What You Need to Know

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
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman points to a poster showing alleged harassment outside the Queens clinic. Dennis A. Clark

Choices Women’s Medical Center Seeks to End Women’s Reproductive Health Clinic Harassment

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
A Study Tests the Safety of Women Using Abortion Pills Sent by Mail; The New York Times

A Study Tests the Safety of Women Using Abortion Pills Sent by Mail

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
Choices Women's Medical Center founder and chief executive officer Merle Hoffman

Choices featured in July 2016 Queens Courier

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
Merle Hoffman and daughter Sasha

Merle Hoffman featured in NY Times Family Story

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
Esther Priegue, LCSW demonstrates the technology that will allow Choices Women’s Medical Center to counsel patients who receive abortion drugs through the mail.

Choices Women’s Medical Center in The Guardian

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
Sex Never Gets Old Press | Choices Women's Medical Center

Sex Never Gets Old Press

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.
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Choices Women’s Medical Center has implemented the following during our national emergency:



Currently, Medical Abortion Appointments are available Tuesday-Saturday up to 10 weeks of pregnancy.

We are booking Surgical Abortion Appointments starting Wednesday, April 1st, 2020.

GYN & Prenatal Care:

If you have a serious, symptomatic vaginal GYN issue, please call 718-786-5000 to check appointment availability.

Our Prenatal Care Program is open for our existing patients. We strongly recommend that our existing prenatal patients continue to receive prenatal care.

All non-essential GYN appointments are currently closed and will be waitlisted. Please call 718-786-5000 to be added to our list. We will contact you when appointments are available.