Report fatal fetal abnormality April 2018

Date published: 25 April 2018

The focus of the Fatal Fetal Abnormality working group was to consider healthcare and the law in cases of fatal fetal abnormality (FFA).  In particular, the group had to reach conclusions on the standard of health and social care provision for those women who have had such a diagnosis and identify any gaps in provision and how they can be closed, including consideration of the need for legislative change to the law on abortion[1].

2. Of particular importance to the group was the requirement that all health professionals involved in these very difficult cases could fully meet their duty of care to the women concerned.

The terms “abortion” and “termination of pregnancy” both appear in this paper and should be read interchangeably.

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