The court said in a statement the outright ban on abortion, as well as a law that made doctors who conduct abortions with the woman’s consent liable to criminal charges, were both unconstitutional. However, the court said the current law would remain in effect until the end of next year, after which it will be scrapped. The court had previously upheld the abortion law in 2012 in a closely divided decision, dividing the eight justices evenly. “The law criminalizing a woman who undergoes abortion of her own will goes beyond the minimum needed to achieve the legislative purpose and limits the right of self-determination of the woman who has become pregnant,” the court said in its ruling. South Korea’s ban on abortion dates from 1953, when the country’s criminal law was first enacted after the 1950-1953 Korean War, and had not changed materially since. The law states that a woman who undergoes abortion will serve a prison sentence of one year or less, or pay a fine of 2 million won ($1,756.08) or less. The law also states that medical professionals including doctors who engage in abortion at the request of the woman will serve a prison sentence of two… Read full this story
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