GP gives ulcer drug to pregnant women

NEW ZEALAND A rural doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct for giving four women misoprostol to induce abortions, the New Zealand Herald reports. The GP, whose name has been kept secret, was suspended from practising for six months by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. She told the tribunal that she considered it a necessary service.  However, the tribunal said there were dangers in administering the drug to induce an abortion because it "may not have the desired result and a viable pregnancy may continue with a potential risk of fetal abnormality; or that if a miscarriage did occur, it would not be complete."