Ann Simmons

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Ann Simmons

Te Mahoe Unit Abortion Business

As at 2007, Simmons worked for the Te Mahoe Unit Abortion Business.[1]

Abortion Supervisory Committee

As at November, 2006 and May 2008, Simmons worked as a midwifery adviser for the Quality Committee of the Abortion Supervisory Committee.[2]


As at March 2009, Ann Simmons served on the National Executive for the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand.[3]

As at 30 June 2011, Ann Simmons had "liked" the page for the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand on Facebook.[4]

NZ Nurses Organisation

As at December 2009, Simmons served as chairperson for the NZNO Women's Health Section of the NZ Nurses Organisation.[5]

Participated in Istar-Funded Research

Circa 2005, Dr. Sally Rose (UOW), abortionists Carol Shand and Margaret Sparrow, and abortion-business worker, Ann Simmons were members of the research team for a study entitled "Audit of medical termination of pregnancy data" which was funded by Istar and facilitated by the Womens Health Research Centre (UOW) at University of Otago, Wellington.[6] Istar is the company that imports the abortion drug, RU486 into New Zealand. Both Shand and Sparrow are officers of the company.

Publications related to the research include:

  • Rose SB, Shand C, Simmons A. Mifepristone- and misoprostol-induced mid-trimester termination of pregnancy: A review of 272 cases. Aus NZ J Obs Gyn 2006;46(6):479-85.
  • Shand C, Rose SB, Simmons A, Sparrow MJ. Introduction of early medical abortion in New Zealand: An audit of the first 67 cases. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2005;45(4):316-20.


  1. RANZCOG website: Abortion in New Zealand, Summer 2007 (accessed on 26 July, 2010)
  2. ALRANZ website: November 2006 Newsletter
  3. Family Planning Initiative Will Make Abortion Safer, 11 March 2009 (accessed on 9 July, 2012)
  4. Ann Simmons' profile on Facebook (accessed on 30 June, 2011)
  5. NZNO: December 2009 Newsletter (accessed on 9 July, 2012)
  6. Womens Health Research Centre (UOW): Past Projects in the Womens Health Research Centre (accessed on 9 July 2012)