Margaret Sparrow

Dame Margaret Sparrow is past President of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand and a Director of Istar Ltd, a not-for-profit company that imports the abortion pill mifepristone. She was awarded an MBE in 1987, the NZ Suffrage Centennial Medal in 1993, and the DCNZM for services to medicine and the community in 2002, which in 2009 became a DNZM.

Abortion is not a crime: 16 reasons to change the law

When Jacinda Ardern clearly supported removing abortion from the Crimes Act in Monday night’s leaders’ debate, she raised cheers from the studio audience. Ardern is right, argues long-time campaigner for reproductive health Dame Margaret Sparrow, but a wider change in abortion law is needed.