What is fatal foetal anomaly?

A woman will experience a wide range of complex emotions when told of a problem with her pregnancy or that a foetal anomaly (also called fetal anomaly or fatal foetal abnormality) is found. In these circumstances a woman, with the help of her family and doctor, will be able to decide to continue with her pregnancy or end it before term. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that following the decision to end a pregnancy due to foetal anomaly, women should be offered the choice of either medical or surgical termination. Both options are safe and effective, and have no effect on subsequent pregnancies.

If the public vote yes

This would allow medical professionals to care for women in sometimes extremely difficult and distressing circumstances and support women, couples and families in making the decision that is right for them and their personal circumstances.