Story: Contraception and sterilisation

Alice Bush and Margaret Sparrow

Alice Bush and Margaret Sparrow

Two of Family Planning's best-known doctors, Alice Bush (left) and Margaret Sparrow, pose for the camera in 1972. In the early 1970s Dr Sparrow worked at Victoria University's student health clinic. However, few students went there for contraception, as the clinic director believed this should be given only to married couples a common attitude among doctors at the time. After Sparrow attended a Family Planning Association conference, she put up a contraceptive display in the clinic. The director was not impressed, but Sparrow refused to back down. From then on the clinic provided contraceptives.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Contraception and sterilisation - Information about contraceptives', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2024)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018