RCOG records of the Representative Committee on Fetal Viability

Scope and Content

Published reports of the Representative Committee on Fetal Viability.

Administrative / Biographical History

By the early 1980s improvements in the management of very small babies meant that many were surviving below the 28 week gestation period on which abortion legislation was based. A joint committee representing the RCOG, British Paediatric Association, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Midwives and the British Medical Assocociation was formed to consider the subject and formulate a joint statement on the issue. The Department of Health and Social Security sent observers. The statement was issued in 1985.

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Related Material

Related material held at the RCOG can be found at the following reference:

RCOG/B10/12 Records of the Fetal viability working party