The misuse of traditional medicine which results in miscarriage
  • Article Type: Research Article
  • Eurasian Journal of Biosciences, 2020 - Volume 14 Issue 2, pp. 3207-3211
  • Published Online: 20 Sep 2020
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Abstract

Herbal medicine is a traditional Indonesian medicine that has beneficial properties for many people. However, as seen on other kinds of medicine, its misuse will have a detrimental effect on its users. The usage of herbal medicine on pregnant women may cause pregnancy disorders, miscarriages, and even mortality. This research aims to study the misuse of traditional medicines that may cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Normative research method was applied, referring to authoritative primary legal materials. The results showed that drug abuse has become a way of consumption that are not suitable for the consumers, and is proven to have no benefit, especially herbal or traditional medicine that is consumed by pregnant women. On the other hand, the perpetrators of abuse must be held accountable for their actions based on the Criminal Code, Law No. 36 of 2009 concerning Health and Law No. 35 of 2014 concerning Amendments to Law No. 23 of 2002 concerning Child Protection because it has fulfilled the elements of criminal acts. Thus, it can be concluded that the use of herbal medicine or traditional medicine can be an unlawful act if used to abort an infant, because this is capable of causing mortality and excessive side effects, especially for pregnant women.

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