Dame Margaret Sparrow

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Dame Margaret Sparrow, DNZM MBE

Dame Margaret Sparrow has championed the sexual health and reproductive rights of women throughout her long career. As a medical student in the 1950s she had an illegal abortion herself, and when the contraceptive pill was introduced in the 1960s she was one of the first women in New Zealand to take it. 

When a French drug company developed the so-called 'abortion pill' RU-486,   Dr Sparrow set up a non-profit company to import the drug and make it available to New Zealand women. 

In this radio interview from 1990, Dr Sparrow explains that New Zealand law needed to change if RU-486 was to be made available here.

Find out more about Dame Margaret Sparrow:

Read about Dame Margaret Sparrow in this article on Broadly

Listen to her speaking with RNZ's Kathryn Ryan and talking about the history of abortion in New Zealand. 

Image: Dame Margaret Sparrow (Photographer: David White). Courtesy stuff.co.nz.

Catalogue Reference 57374

Year 1990


Interviewer: Nona Pelletier
Morning Report, RNZ National

Excerpt: 0:02:02

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