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No more infant formula advertising in The BMJ

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 21 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1279

Re: refers to "From the Journals by Christopher Martyn, Education section, 23 March 2019 print BMJ, p493"

re prophylactic antbiotics after miscarriage
I note the use of the words "spontaneous abortion" in your article. Although technically correct many of us that work in the field try not to use the word "abortion" in all our work whilst using the word miscarriage whenever possible.
The word abortion is regarded by many as pejorative and many patients have in fact not had an "abortion" in the legal sense as in "I do not want this baby"
Imagine that you are a deeply religious person and have been trying to get pregnant for years then have the misfortune of losing your baby. Then someone tells you or writes in your notes that you have had a "spontaneous abortion" - would you not consider this as adding insult to injury? How would you feel?!
I appeal to all my colleagues and the Editor -in - chief to consider the sensitivities of our patients both at work and in all BMJ publications . I appeal to the good offices of the BMJ to help pass the message to all publications as well.
Here are more examples among others:
Threatened miscarriage - not abortion
Missed miscarriage - not abortion
Incomplete miscarriage - not abortion
Complete miscarriage - not abortion
Early fetal loss
Finally - "termination" - not abortion.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2019
Roger . E Moshy
Consultant Radiologist - North West Anglia NHSF Trust Peterborough City Hospital