Pippa Mackay

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Pippa Mackay

Dr. Philippa "Pippa" M. Mackay is an abortionist working at Lyndhurst Hospital.

Working for Ministry of Health

In 2001 the Ministry of Health established "a sector reference group with a broad representation" which will advise and consult on areas of sexual health services and policy. As at July, 2001, the members of the reference group were: Dr. Pippa MacKay, Dr. Rick Franklin, Kevin Hague, Pania Ellison, Ingi Hayward, Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann, Olivia Tusa, Alan Flemming, Gillian Tasker, Catherine Healey, Nigel Dickson, Gill Greer and Kitty Flannery.[1]

As a part of the initiative, the Ministry of Health also released a document "outlining the overall strategic direction for sexual and reproductive health" which contains 5 key points:

  1. sexual and reproductive health services as a public health service
  2. provision of a comprehensive free specialist sexual health service close to the community
  3. sexually transmitted disease control to ensure that at-risk groups have access to effective education
  4. disease control of HIV/AIDS as a sexually transmitted disease
  5. an emphasis on effective and available services for Maori, Pacific and young people.

Though not stated, item 1 (sexual and reproductive health services) will include abortion.

Researched Medicines Industry Association

On 1 June 2004, Pippa MacKay was elected as the new chairman of the Researched Medicines Industry Association (RMI).[2] In October 2009 she stood down as Chairman to focus on her general practice and surgery in Christchurch. Vice Chairman of RMI, Alan Carter thanked Dr. MacKay for her hard work over the past five years, stating:[3]

"Dr MacKay has ably steered the organisation through a challenging time, politically and economically, and we wish her well for the future."

Commits "Abortions To Avoid Depression"

On 10 June 2008, Mackay stated,

"For as long as people have been having sex, there have been abortions," she said. "Unplanned pregnancies won't go away because abortion is illegal. That would be putting women's lives at risk." MacKay said she was disturbed by the implication that she and other doctors were not operating within the law. "As far as I'm concerned, I apply the law. If someone says to me they will suffer depression if they have a child, then I accept that."[4]

Describes Abortion as a Business

On 19 January 2012 in the Christchurch Press, MacKay was quoted as saying,[5]

"Christchurch consultant and GP Pippa MacKay has been performing abortions for 22 years. She said the country's ageing work force could be responsible for the drop in certified consultants. "I think those people involved in the business are getting older and I'm not that aware of younger people coming through and engaging in this kind of work. But I really don't think that's because of any moral reasons."

Co-Authored Article on Therapeutic Abortion

In 1994, Diana Edwards, Robert Aitken, Alison F. Begg, Pippa Mackay and Robin M. Marchant co-authored an article entitled "Predilatation of the Cervix Before Suction Curettage for Therapeutic Abortion in Early Pregnancy" in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Their listed affiliation was Lyndhurst Hospital.[6]


  1. Women's Health Action Trust website: Sexual Health: Sexual and reproductive health strategy, July 2001 (accessed on 1 Oct. 2010)
  2. RMI Press Release, 1 June, 2004 (accessed on 11 July 2010)
  3. RMI Press Release, 8 October, 2009 (accessed on 11 July, 2010)
  4. Stuff website: Decision raises fears over abortion, 10 June, 2008 (accessed on 10 July, 2010)
  5. The Christchurch Press: Fewer doctors performing abortions, January 19, 2012
  6. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Predilatation of the Cervix Before Suction Curettage for Therapeutic Abortion in Early Pregnancy, Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 103–104, February 1994 (accessed on 4 July, 2011)