March 18, 2024

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Central Time

Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto with Internationally Known Activist, Merle Hoffman

VLS: Flynn

Please join If/When/How, WLSA, ACS, and Medical Students for Choice in welcoming internationally recognized leader, Merle Hoffman, to VLS! 

Merle Hoffman is a trailblazer in the struggle for women's rights, a healthcare pioneer, founder of women's health, political, and reproductive rights organizations, and a prize-winning writer and publisher. She is known as a debater, speaker, publisher, writer, and organizer, addressing challenging questions and upholding women's rights. 

In 1971, Merle Hoffman establishes Choices Women's Medical Center, one of the country's first abortion clinics, two years before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationally in the Roe V. Wade Decision. Today, Choices is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive women's medical facilities. In 1976, Merle Hoffman co-founds NAF, the National Abortion Federation, the first professional organization of abortion providers in the U.S. and serves as its first president.

At VLS, Merle will discuss her newest book, Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto, examining her vision for organizing in our post-Roe world. Ms. Hoffman's veteran experience on the front lines of the reproductive justice movement makes her a critical voice for understanding the repercussions of overturning Roe, and I'm sure the Vanderbilt community would benefit from her incisive analysis.

“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” ​—Gloria Steinem

Food will be provided!!