South Korea’s nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban

South Korea's nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban
Women have continued to access abortion illegally in defiance of 65-year-old law

Benjamin Haas in Seoul
Sun 11 Nov 2018

Kim Soo-jin will never forget the disgusting taste of the pulpy green-brown traditional Korean brew she drank in the hopes of ending her pregnancy, or the night she spent in pain, curled into a ball and unable to move.

The recipe her roommate found on the internet was an attempt to sidestep South Korea’s 65-year ban on abortions, but in the end it did not work and Kim, a 21-year-old student at the time, was forced to go to a clinic a week later for an illegal surgical procedure.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/south-koreans-nascent-feminist-movement-turns-to-abortion-ban

Read more

South Korea – Abortion crackdown leaves women on edge

Abortion crackdown leaves women on edge

Posted : 2018-09-02
By Lee Suh-yoon

Women's health is being placed at greater risk in the recent row between the government and OB-GYN doctors over a new regulation that suspends medical licenses for performing abortions — explicitly branding the procedure as "immoral."

On Aug. 17, some 2,500 OB-GYN doctors in the country announced they would boycott all abortions, signaling a new low point in the growing discontent at the nation's 65-year-old abortion ban.

Continued: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/09/119_254876.html

Read more

S. Korea doctors protest over tougher abortion restrictions

S. Korea doctors protest over tougher abortion restrictions

29 August 2018

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea, one of the few industrialised countries where abortion is largely illegal, has introduced tougher regulations on the procedure, prompting nearly 2,000 doctors to refuse to carry out terminations in protest.

Legally, the world's 11th-largest economy only allows abortion in cases of rape -- which must be proved by the woman -- incest and when the mother's health is at risk, in which case the partner's consent is required.

Continued: https://www.france24.com/en/20180829-korea-doctors-protest-over-tougher-abortion-restrictions

Read more

Abortion Pill Protest in Seoul, South Korea

Abortion Pill Protest in Seoul, South Korea

For immediate release:

26-8-2018: Today 125 women swallowed the abortion pill in defiance of the restrictive abortion laws in South Korea. Even though abortion is illegal, every hour 125 women have an abortion in South Korea. The protest took place in front of Boshingak in the center of Seoul. It was organised by the Korean feminist organisations Femidangdang and Baumealame, in collaboration with Women on Waves and Women on Web. The facebook post announcing the action and calling for mobilisation was censored by Facebook and removed.

Continued: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/7462/abortion-pill-protest-in-seoul--south-korea

Read more

South Korea – Medical students support lifting abortion ban

Medical students support lifting abortion ban

By Lee Min-ju
Published 2018.06.08

Medical school students in Korea announced that they supported a recent petition to the Constitutional Court to scrap the law banning abortion.

The petition was submitted by an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, who was indicted for performing 69 abortions from November 2013 to July 2015 at the request or with the approval of women.

Continued: http://www.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=3461

Read more

South Korea – Justice Ministry takes heat for abortion stance

Justice Ministry takes heat for abortion stance

June 07,2018

The culture wars that consumed American society in the 1990s seems to have landed in Korea, with value-driven issues such as gay marriage and abortion proving to be hot button issues.

Korea’s Ministry of Justice is no stranger to controversy, being the center of debate in a conflict over investigative prerogatives between the national police and prosecutors. But even weathered Korean justice officials have little experience when it comes to matters of gender and sexuality, as such issues have been customarily overlooked in Korea’s relatively conservative society.

Continued: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049010

Read more

SOUTH KOREA – Women’s right groups urge Constitutional Court to acquit doctor and reform abortion law

SOUTH KOREA – Women’s right groups urge Constitutional Court to acquit doctor and reform abortion law

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 1, 2018

In 2017, following a petition that garnered a huge number of signatures and demonstrations in support of abortion law reform, a coalition of feminist groups, social movement groups and progressive parties was formed in South Korea, called Joint Action for Reproductive Justice.

On 24 May 2018, the coalition held a press conference in front of the Constitutional Court, where the Court was hearing a case brought by a doctor who had been criminally charged for carrying out abortions. The last time the abortion law was challenged, in 2012, the Court ruled to maintain the law. Although apparently rarely enforced, the law imposes a two-year jail term on doctors for conducting abortions, while women who have abortions are fined 2 million won ($1,850) or may face one year in jail.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/south-korea-womens-right-groups-urge-constitutional-court-to-acquit-doctor-and-reform-abortion-law/

Read more

South Korea – Abortion ban on Constitutional Court’s review in 6 years

Abortion ban on Constitutional Court’s review in 6 years

By Choi Gwang-seok
Published 2018.05.25

Six years after upholding abortion ban, the Constitutional Court is reviewing whether or not abortion should be decriminalized.

In August 2012, the court’s four judges out of the eight-judge panel voted to keep the ban. The other four voted to overturn it. The panel failed to get six votes in favor of overturning it, which led to the conclusion that abortion would be illegal in Korea.

Continued: http://www.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=3366

Read more

Amicus Brief: Decriminalization on Abortion in South Korea

Amicus Brief: Decriminalization on Abortion in South Korea
May 22, 2018

I. Introduction

Human Rights Watch has the honor of submitting this amicus brief in connection with case 2017Hun-Ba127, which is before the Constitutional Court of Korea (Constitutional Court). This case involves a review of the constitutionality of the Republic of Korea (South Korea)’s criminal law on abortion.

Under articles 269 and 270 of the Criminal Act, abortion is a crime, and any woman who undergoes an abortion risks up to one year of imprisonment or fines up to 2 million won (US$1850). Healthcare workers who provide abortions can face up to two years in prison, or more under certain circumstances.[1]

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/22/amicus-brief-decriminalization-abortion-south-korea

Read more

South Korea Should Accept Recommendations to Abolish the Death Penalty and Decriminalize Abortion

South Korea Should Accept Recommendations to Abolish the Death Penalty and Decriminalize Abortion

March 15, 2018
South Korea UPR Adoption

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Korea, which reflects recommendations to protect freedom of expression and assembly and the rights of vulnerable workers, women, foreigners, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, including single parents. The outcome also addresses continued support of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, including OHCHR work on human rights abuses in North Korea and the formulation and adoption of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/15/south-korea-should-accept-recommendations-abolish-death-penalty-and-decriminalize

Read more