Law Change in South Korea – level 3

17-04-2019 07:00

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.

Difficult words: violate (break), exception (a special case), -threatening (putting in danger).

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