Law Change in South Korea – level 3
After 66 years of being in place, the Constitutional Court of Korea ruled that South Korea’s anti-abortion law was unconstitutional. It said that the law is ‘an unconstitutional restriction that violates a pregnant woman’s right to choose’.
The court reviewed the law after a doctor challenged the ban, as he had been convicted of performing nearly 70 abortions from 2013 to 2015. Exceptions to the law have only been in life-threatening pregnancies, rape or incest. Doctors who perform abortions can face prison for up to two years, and the women get a fine of more than $1,700 and a year in prison, too.
The ruling is making way for South Korea to make abortions legal, although the parliament now has until the end of 2020 to revise the law.
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