Abortion law South Korea


Abortion law:

Sections 269 and 270 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Korea of 1953 strictly prohibited abortion on any grounds. In 1973, however, the Maternal and Child Health Law established exemptions from this prohibition. According to this law, a physician may perform an abortion if the pregnant woman or her spouse suffers from an eugenic or hereditary mental or physical disease specified by Presidential Decree, if the woman or her spouse suffers from a communicable disease specified by Presidential Decree, if the pregnancy results from rape or incest or if continuation of the pregnancy is likely to jeopardize the mother’s health. In all other circumstances, a pregnant woman inducing her own miscarriage or any person performing an abortion is subject to imprisonment for one year or a fine. The penalties for medical personnel are increased to imprisonment for up to two years.

Information above has been retrieved from the official UN website. Full text can be found here.

Misoprostol availability:

Misoprostol is registered as Cytotec, Alsoben, Misel, Sintec, Gastotec, Cystol, Gastec, Cirotec, Gistol, Misoplus

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