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Sir John Peel

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:366

Sir John not pro-abortion.

Editor: The Obituary of Sir John Peel might give readers the
impression that he was a man avidly in favour of abortion, having steered
the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) Committee
which advised the government prior to the Abortion Act of 1967. In fact he
was very much against abortion without a justifiable medical reason and
supported the amendments, later defeated, which were put forward in the
Lords and which would have restricted the present functioning of the Act.
On 19.10.67. he wrote a letter to "The Times", in his position as
President of the RCOG, explaining his reasons for supporting the
amendments. For subsequent decades he has been a Patron of this
organisation which unashamedly has sought to rectify the present abuses of
the Act.

Robert P. Balfour FRCOG, President, Doctors who respect Human Life,
P.O.Box 17317, London SW3 4WJ.

Competing interests:
President of "Doctors who respect Human Life"

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 February 2006
Dr Robert P. Balfour
consultant gynaecologist (ret.)
P.O. Box 17317, London SW3 4WJ