August 21, 2020
By Woo Jae-yeon
SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's justice ministry said Friday it is working on revising a 67-year-old criminal law that made abortion a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.
The Committee of Gender Equality under the ministry made its first policy recommendation that the ministry should recognize women's right to choose as a basic human right and move closer to repealing the decades-old law.
South Korean Clinic Performed Abortion on Wrong Woman, Police Say
By Choe Sang-Hun
Published Sept. 24, 2019
SEOUL, South Korea — An expectant mother who visited a medical clinic in Seoul, South Korea, last month to receive a nutritional shot woke up hours later to learn she had mistakenly been given an abortion, the police said on Wednesday.
The police said they planned to ask prosecutors to indict the clinic’s doctor and a nurse on charges of inflicting accidental injury. The staff, the police said, administered anesthesia and performed an abortion on the woman, a Vietnamese citizen, who was six weeks pregnant.
Hospital conducts abortion on wrong woman after confusing patients
Posted : 2019-09-23
By Kim Hyun-bin
A hospital in Seoul performed an abortion on the wrong woman after mixing up two patients.
The Gangseo Police Station said Monday they booked a doctor and a nurse at the hospital in western Seoul on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in injury.
Calls grow to legalize abortion drugs
Posted : 2019-07-21
By Bahk Eun-ji
Concern is rising over the growing illegal online sale of "abortion drugs," the effects of which have not been proven.
With a law banning abortion ruled unconstitutional earlier this year, women's rights groups say the nation needs urgently to legalize the prescription and sale of abortion drugs so women can use safe and authorized medicine.
Addressing stigma while moving a national campaign: Spotlight on South Korea
Posted June 18, 2019
by inroads Comms, with Na Young
In this article, inroads member, Na Young, of the The Sexual and Reproductive Rights Forum and the Joint Action for Reproductive Justice in South Korea shares with us in detail what it took to generate a people’s movement to get rid of an anti-abortion law and the stigma-busting that is still ongoing.
1) How has abortion stigma shown up around the law historically in Korea?
Anti-abortion law was first made in Korea during the Japanese occupation. After Independence and the Korean War, the first assembly decided to keep the punishment clauses on abortion made by the Japanese government. According to this law, women who get an abortion can spend up to a year in prison or be fined up to 2 million won (about 1,850 dollars). Doctors, midwives and any healthcare workers who provide abortions can face up to two years in prison.
Abortion ban ruled unconstitutional; what should revisions be?
By Bahk Eun-ji
After the Constitutional Court ruled last week that the country's 66-year-old abortion ban must be lifted, politicians face one of their toughest tasks in revising the relevant law: the legal limitations.
In its ruling, the court said banning abortion in the early stages of pregnancy was "an unconstitutional restriction that violates a woman's right to make her own decisions on personal matters."
Only for 'naughty girls': Stigma lingers after South Korea abortion ban overturned
by Beh Lih Yi
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Apr 19, 2019
KUALA LUMPUR - South Korea is set to legalize abortion after a decadeslong ban was struck down, but women’s rights campaigners have warned those who undergo the procedure will still be “punished in the eyes of society.”
In a landmark verdict last week, a South Korean court ruled the ban — which dates from 1953 — unconstitutional and asked the government to legalize abortion by the end of 2020.
South Korean Court Strikes Down Decades-Old Abortion Ban
April 12, 2019
Se Eun Gong
A euphoric smile spread across the face of an activist, who goes by the name Jisoo, as she announced in a trembling voice, "It's ruled unconstitutional!"
South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down the country's laws prohibiting abortion, a landmark decision challenging the 66-year-old ban that had become increasingly unpopular in recent years.
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.