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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39150.554213.DB (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:658
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    As calls are made for changes in the Abortion Act, a seasoned campaigner reflects on the scant attention given to sexual health services

    If pharmacists had not had to work on Saturdays in the 1950s, Baroness Gould of Potternewton, then plain Joyce Gould, might have continued working for the Leeds branches of Timothy Whites & Taylors, and Boots for many years, advancing perhaps to the highest echelons of dispensing practice. But the pull of Labour Party politics and the women's movement of the '50s was something Gould could not resist. And she wanted to have her Saturdays free to follow her passion.

    Fifty years on, during which Gould spent nearly 40 years working for the Labour party—most latterly as director of organisation—she finds many of the concerns that drew her into politics half a century ago are making a resurgence: nuclear weapons, funding for family planning services, discrimination, and abortion.

    Gould was actively involved in promoting the 1967 Abortion Act and says, “It is very distressing that the Abortion Act has come round again.” She accepts, however, that some aspects of the act need to be reviewed, although she …

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