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Confusion Looms over Abortion Despite Legalization

Confusion Looms over Abortion Despite Legalization

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Legal provisions that used to forbid abortion have been ruled as unconstitutional, being effectively repealed with the start of the new year. The lack of legislative supplements, however, is causing some confusion among women. The fact that punitive measures against abortion have been repealed is not enough to ensure [...]

Hospitals and Pharmacies Collide over Right to Prepare Abortion Pills

Hospitals and Pharmacies Collide over Right to Prepare Abortion Pills

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Disputes are arising between the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry over the right to produce abortion pills as the government plans to allow medical abortion. The Ministry of Health and Welfare added a provision to allow medical abortion on top of the currently allowed surgical abortion. This will [...]

S. Korean Teens Sidelined from Abortion Debate

S. Korean Teens Sidelined from Abortion Debate

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Last week, the government announced plans to introduce a new amendment bill that allows abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy, while also retaining penalties for illegal abortions. Abortion-related discussions are also occurring among teens, who have been relatively sidelined from mainstream debate. The bill stipulates that minors over 16 [...]

Gov’t Bill to Allow Abortion Until 14th Week of Pregnancy Provokes Heated Debate

Gov’t Bill to Allow Abortion Until 14th Week of Pregnancy Provokes Heated Debate

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The government made public its plan Wednesday to revise laws to allow abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy, reigniting a heated debate over restricting women’s abortion rights. The revisions also conditionally allow abortion until the 24th week of pregnancy based on social, economic and health concerns. The government [...]

Schools Still Teaching Students That Abortion is Illegal, Despite Landmark Court Ruling

Schools Still Teaching Students That Abortion is Illegal, Despite Landmark Court Ruling

SEOUL, Jun. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Two months have passed since the ban on abortion was ruled as unconstitutional, but high school classes still teach students that abortion is illegal. Some have voiced criticism, saying that schools should inform students of the Constitutional Court’s recent decision, as teaching them that abortion is illegal is at [...]

Recent Court Ruling Spurs Debate over ‘Abortion Pills’

Recent Court Ruling Spurs Debate over ‘Abortion Pills’

SEOUL, Apr. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The recent ruling by the South Korean constitutional court that has called punitive measures against abortion unconstitutional has rekindled the controversial debate over ‘abortion pills’. Women’s rights advocacy groups and pharmacist organizations have called for the introduction of Mifegyne, a pill-shaped medication that induces abortion, while others have argued [...]

Controversies Brewing over Abortion Following Gov’t Survey

Controversies Brewing over Abortion Following Gov’t Survey

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversies reignited on Friday over whether to allow abortion after a government survey showed that many women had opted to end their pregnancies due to socio-economic reasons. On Thursday, the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs released a survey on 10,000 women aged between 15 and 44, the [...]