Abolishment of anti-abortion law hotly debated in Korea



재점화된 낙태죄 폐지 논란 가열

Abortion.
It is still illegal in Korea, but a growing number of pople are demanding a change.
The debate over the subject heated up recently… with even the presidential office chiming in.
Park Hee-jun sheds light on the varying views on the topic and the potential direction ahead.
In the heart of the capital, through Gwanghwamun Square, hundreds of women have gathered to protest against a ban on abortion.

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“If abortion is a crime, the nation is the criminal.”
“Abolish the anti-abortion law ”

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“This protest in central Seoul is calling for a change in Korea’s anti-abortion law. A controversy, between those on the sides of pro-life and pro-choice, is brewing in a country where abortion has been illegal since 1953.”

The protest on December 2 adds to a series of other campaigns calling for the abolishion of the anti-abortion law in Korea. The debate on this topic has been around for decades, but it recently gained major attention after more than 230-thousand citizens signed a petition on the presidential office’s website,… demanding the abolishment of the anti-abortion law. This follows President Moon Jae-in’s plege in August that the top office will respond to any petition that is endorsed by more than 200-thousand people, within 30 days.

Abortion was made illegal in 1953. Then, in 1973,…the Maternal and Child Health Law was established to except certain cases from the ban. Under the law, women can have an abortion under limited circumstances, such as rape or incest, when a parent is suffering from a certain disease pre-designated by law, and when the pregnancy can jeapardize the mother’s life.

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