Commission of Inquiry into Fetal Sentience


In 1996, CARE chaired a Commission of Inquiry into Fetal Sentience, taking evidence form leading researchers and practitioners in the area. In this section you will find the Commission's final report which was published in October 1996, together with an introduction to the issues, and transcripts of submissions to the commission.


Human Sentience Before Birth - Final Report of the Commission of Enquiry into Fetal Sentience - October 1996


  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Our Expanding Knowledge Of The Active Fetus

  4. Changes Of Opinion In Neonatal And Fetal Medicine

  5. The Problem Of Pain

  6. The Timing And Development Of Mechanisms For Pain Reception

  7. Comparison Of Legislation To Protect Human And Animal Fetuses

  8. Recommendations

  9. Membership Of The Commission Of Inquiry

  10. Sources

  11. Glossary Of Terms

  12. Bibliography

Fetal Sentience - Preliminary Report by Dr Stephanie Smith [22k]

Transcripts of evidence given to the Commission of Inquiry into Fetal Sentience by:



Commission of Inquiry into Fetal Sentience

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