Medical ethics code

Extract from the latest edition of Code of Medical Ethics
Adopted at the 41st Annual General Meeting of the Malaysian Medical Association, 26th – 27th May 2001 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

15. Termination of Pregnancy
The Penal Code 312 (Amendment) Act 1989 effected a change in the law relating to abortion. It would not be an offence to carry out a miscarriage if: –
a) a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Act 1971 undertakes the procedure; and
b) such practitioner is of the opinion, formed in good faith, that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman, or injury to the mental or physical health of the pregnant woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated.

A doctor procuring a miscarriage may lawfully do so only if he acts in good faith, and  exercises sound clinical judgment in accordance with the principles imposed by the law.

Download the full Malaysian Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics here.