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In the article by Moodie et al the authors raise important issues for those young women who require treatment with isotretinoin for severe acne and their healthcare providers who prescribe this treatment.However in the article there is no discussion on the legality of abortion in cases where there is a risk of fetal abnormality and some readers may assume that this is an accepted ground for abortion. It is not. In the Crimes Act sect 187A (aa) the law states that up to 20 weeks there must be \"a substantial risk that the child, if born, would be so physically or mentally abnormal as to be seriously handicapped.\" After 20 weeks fetal abnormality is not a ground for abortion.Prescribers must be aware of these limitations.Margaret Sparrow Retired Sexual Health Physician Wellington

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Moodie P, Jaine R, Arnold J, et al. Terminations of pregnancy associated with isotretinoin use in New Zealand. N Z Med J 29 July 2011;124(1339). http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1339/4787/content.pdf

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In the article by Moodie et al the authors raise important issues for those young women who require treatment with isotretinoin for severe acne and their healthcare providers who prescribe this treatment.However in the article there is no discussion on the legality of abortion in cases where there is a risk of fetal abnormality and some readers may assume that this is an accepted ground for abortion. It is not. In the Crimes Act sect 187A (aa) the law states that up to 20 weeks there must be \"a substantial risk that the child, if born, would be so physically or mentally abnormal as to be seriously handicapped.\" After 20 weeks fetal abnormality is not a ground for abortion.Prescribers must be aware of these limitations.Margaret Sparrow Retired Sexual Health Physician Wellington

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Margaret Sparrow, Retired Sexual Health Physician, Wellington

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Moodie P, Jaine R, Arnold J, et al. Terminations of pregnancy associated with isotretinoin use in New Zealand. N Z Med J 29 July 2011;124(1339). http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1339/4787/content.pdf

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In the article by Moodie et al the authors raise important issues for those young women who require treatment with isotretinoin for severe acne and their healthcare providers who prescribe this treatment.However in the article there is no discussion on the legality of abortion in cases where there is a risk of fetal abnormality and some readers may assume that this is an accepted ground for abortion. It is not. In the Crimes Act sect 187A (aa) the law states that up to 20 weeks there must be \"a substantial risk that the child, if born, would be so physically or mentally abnormal as to be seriously handicapped.\" After 20 weeks fetal abnormality is not a ground for abortion.Prescribers must be aware of these limitations.Margaret Sparrow Retired Sexual Health Physician Wellington

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

Margaret Sparrow, Retired Sexual Health Physician, Wellington

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Correspondence Email

Competing Interests

Moodie P, Jaine R, Arnold J, et al. Terminations of pregnancy associated with isotretinoin use in New Zealand. N Z Med J 29 July 2011;124(1339). http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1339/4787/content.pdf

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