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A critical assessment of abortion law and its implementation in South Korea

Title
A critical assessment of abortion law and its implementation in South Korea
Authors
Kim, HyosinBae, Hyun-A
Ewha Authors
배현아
SCOPUS Author ID
배현아scopus
Issue Date
2018
Journal Title
ASIAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES
ISSN
1225-9276JCR Link2377-004XJCR Link
Citation
vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 71 - 87
Keywords
South Koreaabortion lawsprenatal sex testingunenforced regulatory laws
Publisher
EWHA WOMANS UNIV PRESS
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Abortion is generally prohibited by law in South Korea, except for induced terminations administered within 24 weeks of pregnancy because of medical, genetic, and ethical reasons. This study provides a historical background of the development of abortion law in Korea and discusses specific provisions regulating the procedure and prenatal sex testing under the Criminal Act, Mother and Child Law, and Medical Services Act. Through a critical review of current laws, this paper attempts to explain the legal, social, and cultural factors underlying the discrepancy between restrictive laws and enforcement of the regulation. The current laws need to be amended to reflect changes in medical knowledge and contemporary social values and to protect women's human rights and health.
DOI
10.1080/12259276.2018.1427534
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