Alice Bush

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Alice Bush

Alice Bush (born 7th August, 1914) was a medical doctor and early abortion rights activist in New Zealand. She was involved in the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand and the Family Planning Association. She died on the 12th February 1974.

Working as a Doctor

Alice entered Otago Medical School in 1933 to study towards a Bachelor of Medicine (MB). She finished her studies at Otago in 1937. Her first appointment as a medical practitioner was as a resident medical officer at Auckland Hospital in 1938. In 1939 she held the position of senior resident at New Plymouth Hospital. [1]

FPA Involvement

Alice was the president of the Family Planning Association from 1960 until 1972. In 1972 the presidential term was limited to a maximum of four consecutive years with a minimum of one year period between terms. She was reelected in 1972.

Pro-Abortion Advocacy

Alice Bush considered it desirable to abort unborn humans when there was diagnosed or even suspected foetal abnormality.[2]

"If ever there could be a "Holy War" for the preservation of good and the prevention of evil, selective termination of pregnancy would qualify to be so called."[3]


  1. Bush, Alice Mary. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (accessed 31st August 2010)
  2. Hercock Fay, Alice, The Making of a Woman Doctor, First Edition, Published 1999, pg 216
  3. ibid pg 217