On The Issues Magazine

On The Issues Magazine online is a successor to the print publication, On The Issues Magazine, a progressive, feminist quarterly print publication from 1983 to 1999. Both were published by Choices Women’s Medical Center, of which Merle Hoffman is the President and CEO, and which located in Long Island City, New York. For inquiries about On The Issues Magazine, contact managingeditor@ontheissuesmagazine.com.


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Commentary Contraception

Lady-Parts, the Church, and Planned Parenthood: When I Became Pro-Choice

I've been on both sides of the reproductive rights debate – the side that thinks reproduction is not a right or a decision but a God-given duty; and the side that thinks birth control and abortions ought to be available to whoever the hell wants 'em, regardless of age (within reason) or reason (within reason). I've spent my entire adult life on the latter side of the issue.

On The Issues Magazine
On The Issues Magazine

Commentary Abortion

Redefining Chutzpah: More Bad Ideas to Burden Women

What's chutzpah? Until December 2011, I would have deferred to the classic definition in Leo Rosten's The Joys of Yiddish: chutzpah is a man who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court as a lonely orphan. But at the end of the year, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) introduced a bill to teach the world the real meaning of chutzpah: the "Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011."

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