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"From her decision to adopt a child to her love affairs, this is the story of one woman's quest to live fully. Opinionated, fierce, bold and brash, Intimate Wars chronicles Hoffman's efforts to improve women's lives and influence history. She deserves our gratitude." ―Truthout
"Merle Hoffman's gorgeous memoir vibrates with raw power and nerve. Her tremendous empathy for the women whose lives she has touched, and her unfailing courage in defending our right to abortion, are both inspiring and humbling." ―Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Manifesta
"At last, we have Merle Hoffman's bold and courageous memoir of living on the front lines of the abortion wars. Merle never turned away from the harshest battles or denied the most painful truths." ―Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt
"Merle Hoffman has blazed a freedom trail while saving countless women's lives along the way" ―Bill Baird, founder of the Pro-Choice League
"Intimate Wars is a fascinating personal narrative told from the epicenter of abortion politics and service delivery. Hoffman illustrates her unwavering commitment to the heart of the issue: the power of every woman to make her own childbearing decisions." ―Gloria Feldt, author of No Excuses and former president of Planned Parenthood
About the Author
- Publication Date : January 10, 2012
- File Size : 420 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 274 pages
- Publisher : The Feminist Press at CUNY (January 10, 2012)
- ASIN : B0061S3U5W
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,540 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Born in Philadelphia and raised in a middle class neighborhood in Queens, New York, Merle first aspired to become a concert pianist and then as a young woman in 1971 with Dr. Martin Gold, founded the Flushing Women's Medical Center, "one of the first ambulatory abortion facilities in New York." This center was the beginning of a stormy and challenging career for Merle as a feminist, activist, and fighter for women's reproductive right. Once the Flushing Women's Medical Center opened, it became a magnet for women seeking an alternative to self inflicted abortions which might lead to complications and possible death, to a legal, safe choice to carrying on unwanted pregnancy to termination. Two years before Roe vs. Wade became the landmark decision legalizing abortion, women in New York State were able to legally terminate their pregnancies. The stage was then set for confrontations between Pro Choice and Pro Life advocacy groups. The struggle between these polar positions became a battleground that continues to the present, even as we list the casualties from the past.
In this highly personal account, Merle takes the reader from the evolution of the Flushing Women's Medical Center to it's present incarnation as Choices (an acronym for Creative Health Organization Counseling and Educational Services) which performs thousands of abortions each year. With the growth of Choices and her advocacy for women's right to choose, Merle has been the lightening rod for death threats and bomb threats to the center. She eloquently describes the murder of her colleagues as well as abortion clinics that have been set on fire.
"Intimate Wars" is a riveting read about one person's role in fighting for a woman's inalienable right to either terminate her pregnancy or not. For anyone interested in an excellent description of the struggle to secure this right I highly recommend this beautifully written searingly honest memoir.
Stanley L Rustin Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus - Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York
Reading this book is just another reminder that feminism's work isn't done.Women's rights are constantly under attack, especially this year. There are many people out there who'd rather see women die from an unsafe abortion than see women go through with a safe legal abortion. That is horrifying and frightening. Like Merle says in her book, these "pro-lifers" give the fetus more rights than a woman, who is overlooked and put to shame.
There were times in the book where reality was just too surreal-the deaths of physicians who performed abortions, the closing of clinics by fanatical pro-lifers. Yet this is real life. This book was personal to me as a feminist. I loved that Merle distinguished the ignorance of race in the discussion of other feminists and included it in her practice and work. Merle knows that discrimination against these minorities exist, especially when it comes to government and healthcare. It was really awesome how she covered gay and lesbian issues in her magazine On The Issues, where she even covered animal rights.
It was also upsetting for me to read how so many people tried to bring her down. It's not surprising she met so much adversity and opposition, of course. In the end, though, it just made her a stronger fighter.
I highly recommend this book for fellow feminists and anyone interested in women's rights and human rights. Because women's rights ARE human rights.