South Korea shaman not charged after absolving abortion ‘guilt’ for $500,000

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South Korea shaman not charged after absolving abortion 'guilt' for $500,000
By Elizabeth Shim
Aug. 30, 2017

A South Korean woman who spent nearly $500,000 on spiritual services from a traditional shaman will not be recouping her money, despite claims her "adviser" may have tricked her client.

Shim Hyeong-seop, the presiding judge on the case in a Seoul district court, said Friday it is inconclusive whether the defendant, 45, had cheated her client of money, EDaily reported.

Continued at source: UPI: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/08/30/South-Korea-shaman-not-charged-after-absolving-abortion-guilt-for-500000/7001504114629/

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Human Rights Watch Submission on South Korea to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

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Human Rights Watch Submission on South Korea to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
June 20, 2017

We write in advance of the 69th pre-sessional working group of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its review of South Korea’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This submission focuses on restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights and sex education in schools, ongoing discrimination against women, and addresses articles 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16 of the Convention.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/20/human-rights-watch-submission-south-korea-committee-elimination-discrimination

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How to make abortion rarer

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How to make abortion rarer
Bans and restrictions do not work. Superior birth control does
Dec 3rd 2016 | ATHENS AND SEOUL

ABORTION, says Theodora, a Greek civil servant, was “an absolute necessity” when she became pregnant last year. Her husband had lost his job and money was too tight for a third child. The procedure, at a private clinic, was “efficient”; she was in and out in three hours. Hers was a typical experience for a middle-class Athenian woman. It is not uncommon for one to have four or five abortions, says a gynaecologist in Athens. In Greece abortion is seen as an ordinary form of birth control.

Most modern contraceptives, however, are not viewed that way. More than half of married Greek women use none at all. Withdrawal and condoms are the methods of choice for most couples who are trying not to have a baby—even medical students, who should know that these fail about a fifth of couples who rely on them for a year. Greeks commonly believe that the pill and other hormonal contraceptives cause infertility and cancer. They also distrust intrauterine devices (IUDs), possibly because they have been taught that tampons are unhealthy.

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Source: The Economist

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South Korea: Abortion should not be a crime

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Posted : 2016-11-06, Korea Times
by Heather Barr

Punitive abortion laws - like in South Korea - violate human rights. In recent weeks, the government has threatened to toughen penalties on medical providers who perform abortions illegally. Women's groups and experts are fighting to make the government back down on this threat.

Rather than further penalizing providers, the government should fully decriminalize abortion. It should remove penalties for women who seek abortion and for medical providers of abortions.

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Source: Korea Times

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Women in South Korea launch Polish-inspired pro-choice campaign to fully legalise abortion

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Abortion in South Korea is technically illegal, although as many as 200,000 are performed annually.

By Sofia Lotto Persio
October 24, 2016 14:11 BST

South Korean pro-choice activists are demanding the full legalisation of abortion in the country.

Inspired by the Black Monday protests in Poland, a coalition of groups including Womad and Women's online community union have started working together on a campaign calling for people to post pictures of themselves wearing black on social media and participating in Sunday gatherings in Seoul.

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Source: IBTimes

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