Choices Women’s Medical Center Founder, President and CEO Merle Hoffman. Photos courtesy of Choices.

Out of the Closet—One By One

The year was 1971 and I was 25 years old. Abortion had been legal in New York for just a few months and I was about to counsel the first patient that came to Choices for an abortion.

Just a few months earlier, abortion was criminalized and considered a sin or a desperate pathological act.
But that day at Choices, abortion was real. This woman came from New Jersey because abortion was still illegal in that state.

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