South Korea overturns abortion ban in ‘major step forward’ for women’s rights
Constitutional court says ban infringes a woman’s ‘right of self-determination’
Adam Withnall and Maya Oppenheim
April 11, 2019
South Korea’s decades-long ban on abortion is unconstitutional, the country’s highest court has ruled, in a landmark decision that paves the way for anti-abortion regulations to be scrapped.
The ban infringed a woman’s “right of self-determination”, the constitutional court said in its ruling, ordering the government to draw up legislation to ease the rules by the end of 2020.
South Korea must end abortion ban by 2020, says court
April 11, 2019
South Korea's ban on abortion has been ruled unconstitutional in a historic court decision. The country's constitutional court ordered that the law must be revised by the end of 2020.
Under the 1953 ban, women who have abortions can be fined and imprisoned, except in cases of rape, incest or risk to their health. Doctors who perform the procedure can also face jail.
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.
Medical students support lifting abortion ban
By Lee Min-ju
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.
[Feature] Time for reality check on abortion
By Jo He-rim
Dec 3, 2017
It is a cliche in Korean soap operas for the vicious and disapproving mother of the male lead to pressure the female lead to “remove” the baby she’s expecting. She soon disappears, struggles through life as a single mom, and later by chance reunites with the man who, after finding out she didn’t give up the baby despite stigma and obstacles, falls back in love with her.
All of this is as if abortion were a valid option for women in South Korea.
But, under the anti-abortion law introduced in 1953, the termination of pregnancy is only permissible when the mother faces serious health risks or in cases of rape, incest or hereditary disorders. Even in those cases, abortion is prohibited after the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.
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