Story: Contraception and sterilisation

Dalkon Shield cartoon

In the 1980s the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device (IUD) caused infections and in some cases sterility among New Zealand women. Many sought compensation. This cartoon, published in the feminist magazine Broadsheet in 1986, questions the motives of the manufacturers of the Dalkon Shield in paying compensation to affected women. Listen to a radio news report about the compensation settlement.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Morning report, 1988-07-20 [Dalkon Shield claimants agree to compensation offer]/Reference number sa-mr-880720-s02-fr01-sc)

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Broadsheet, Dame Margaret Sparrow Collection
Reference: Broadsheet, March 1986, p. 15
Cartoon by Helen Courtney

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Jane Tolerton, 'Contraception and sterilisation - IUDs and sterilisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

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