Delay in approving pill, and the possible $780 cost, reflect priorities of male-dominated parliament, say critics
Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Tue 31 May 2022
Women in Japan could be forced to seek their partner’s consent before being prescribed the abortion pill, which will reportedly be approved late this year – three decades after it was made available to women in the UK.
Under Japan’s 1948 Maternal Protection Law, consent is already required for surgical abortions – with very few exceptions – a policy that campaigners say tramples over women’s reproductive rights.