Tuesday, 17 May 2011
My name is Phyllis Bowman, and in 1966 I became one of the founder members of the Pro-Life movement in the United Kingdom.
David Steel's Abortion Bill had already received its Second Reading with a huge majority – and the media then (as now) were backing it.
I was a Fleet-Street journalist and had many friends among the Medical Correspondents of the day. Many of them came to a press conference I organised (11.1.’67) at my club (‘The Wig & Pen’) where I had three professors of obstetrics and gynaecology who were backing our "No" campaign.
They were Ian Donald, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Queen Mother Hospital Glasgow (see picture right). He became a world name through developing ultrasound and pioneering its use in medicine; Professor James Scott, who held the Chair in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Leeds University and John McClure Browne, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Hammersmith Hospital, London.