College correspondence and papers relating to the involvement of the RCOG in the issue of abortion, in particular the development of the 1967 Abortion Act and subsequent acts, including discussion with medical and government bodies of amendments to the Abortion Bill, legal opinions on the interpretation of the Act, implications of the Act for nurses and for the job descriptions of consultants, papers on the RCOG questionnaire on abortion (1969-1971), the Lane Committee of Enquiry into the Working of the Act (1966-1971), and the Joint RCOG/Royal College of General Practitioners study of attitudes to pregnancy (1976-1977), together with copies of the relevant parliamentary and Hansard reports, and presscuttings relating to the Abortion Acts and surrounding issues.
RCOG records relating to the 1967 Abortion Act, 1964-1982
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 1538 RCOG/A16
- Dates of Creation1964 - 1982
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description4 boxes
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
These records comprise the principal files of College presidents on the Abortion Act 1967 and the College's involvement in the issue of abortion, from the presidency of Sir Hector MacLennan to the first year of that of Sir Rustam Feroze.
Conditions Governing Access
Permission from RCOG senior management via the College Archivist is required for access to these records.
Internal transfers from the President's Office and the College Library.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright of the RCOG. Reproductions available from the College Archivist.
The results of the RCOG questionnaire on abortion referred to at A16/8 were published in the British Medical Journal (1970), 2, pp 529-535