By Merle Hoffman
Merle Hoffman's existence tale is riveting. A former classical pianist, a self-made millionaire, and a feminist who discovered her life's paintings delivering abortions, she has been a fearless crusader for women's correct to choose.
Over the years, Hoffman has used her entrepreneurial spirit to construct the most finished women's scientific facilities within the state. In 1971 (two years ahead of the Roe v. Wade ultimate court docket choice to legalize abortion nationally), Hoffman based offerings, an abortion health center in big apple. As a scientific supplier, she pioneered "patient power," encouraging ladies to take part of their personal overall healthiness care judgements. And going opposed to even her personal expectancies for her lifestyles after fifty, she followed a baby and writes approximately her adventure as a mother.
Whether addressing the homicide of abortion services like Dr. George Tiller or not easy ladies to appreciate their very own strength over their our bodies and the language used to wield such energy, Merle Hoffman has been at the entrance traces of the feminist stream, a fierce warrior within the conflict for selection.
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Additional info for Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom
The Title X Family Planning program, designed to provide women with access to contraceptive services, supplies, and information, was enacted in 1970 as part of the Public Health Service Act. By 1971 over half the people questioned in opinion polls favored legalizing abortion. Thanks in part to the work of the National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), lawyers who had previously emphasized the effect of unconstitutionally vague language on medical practitioners began to argue on behalf of women’s right to decide when to have a child.
They say he is in the hospital—what happened? Do you know what happened? ” My mother followed me into the small kitchen and I picked up the wall phone. It was early April, and as I looked out the kitchen window at the familiar row houses and trees, it occurred to me that every spring from then on would be different. I reached the hospital, somewhere in Western Pennsylvania where my father had gone a couple of days earlier on a business trip. ” asked the voice on the other end of the phone. “I am Jack Hoffman’s daughter,” I said, struggling to control my anxiety.
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