Intimate Wars by Merle Hoffman
The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room

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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.

 

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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: merlehoffman.com
 
Published January 10, 2012 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Hoffman—founder and CE0 of Choices, one of the largest women's medical facilities in the country and editor of the quarterly magazine On The Issues—writes about how stultifying she found the expectations for women as she was growing up.

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Readers will wonder why she is so aggressive, competitive, and self-centered—referring to “my clinic,” “my counselors,” “my staff,” and describing how she “imperiously” entered a formal dance with her married lover and “answered for him” when he was asked about his wife’s ...

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"Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom", a memoir by Merle Hoffman, is as controversial and passionate as it is riveting and timely.

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“Although the structure of Intimate Wars and the attention so deeply focused on the author seems frequently purposefully ego-centered, it is abundantly clear that Merle Hoffman cared deeply about the women she encountered in dire straights. . . . in the very last chapter, entitled Amazing Grace, ...

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Mother Jones

Merle Hoffman's career as an abortion rights pioneer began with a part-time job as a medical assistant for a Queens family practice.

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