Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman, photo by Vanessa Valenti Merle Hoffman (born March 6, 1946) is an American journalist, activist, and healthcare pioneer.

Shortly after New York State legalized abortion in 1970, three years before the Supreme Court's ''Roe v. Wade'' decision legalized abortion nationally, Hoffman helped establish one of the country's first ambulatory abortion centers, Flushing Women's Medical Center in 1971. It was the forerunner of Choices Women's Medical Center which Hoffman founded and serves as president and CEO. Choices is a full-service healthcare provider, offering gynecological services, pre-natal care, family care, transgender health care, telemedicine, mental health and other services.

Hoffman co-founded the National Abortion Federation in 1976, the first professional organization of abortion providers in the U.S., and was its first president. She also founded the New York Pro-Choice Coalition in 1985. Hoffman is the publisher of ''On the Issues'' magazine, which began as a print publication in 1983 and then became an online publication in 2008. She was awarded the Front Page Award for Political Commentary in 2010 from the Newswoman's Club of New York. Provided by Wikipedia