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Abortion Laws and Policies
Abortion on request is not authorized. It is permitted up to 24 weeks in cases of rape, incest, intellectual or cognitive disability of the woman, if the woman's spouse suffers from any eugenic or genetic mental disability, physical disease or contagious disease prescribed by Presidential Decree, if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person's health or where the maintenance of pregnancy severely injures or might injure the health of the pregnant. It is also permitted in case of fetal impairment. For this case, no limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
A married person needs spousal consent to proceed with their abortion request.
Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs. However, medical practitioners and providers are obligated to refer individuals to another provider if they refuse service. So-called conscientious objection cannot be practiced if the life of the woman or pregnant person is at risk.
Despite abortion being permitted, abortion pills are not registered and an abortion with pills might not be available.
Claim your rights
Access to abortion is a fundamental human right and a basic healthcare need. If you live in a country with restrictions to abortion access, you can visit Women on Web to request abortion pills or learn more about the local support and resources available in your country.
About Abortion Pills
An abortion with pills is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy at home. There are two ways to have an abortion with pills:
- Have an abortion with a pill called Mifepristone and another pill called Misoprostol;
- Have an abortion with the pill Misoprostol only.
You already have abortion pills? Find instructions, information around dosage, safety precautions and tips here.
Mifepristone is not officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
Misoprostol is not registered
There are pills that contain a combination of Misoprostol and the painkiller Diclofenac. While manufactured for a different purpose they can still be used for abortion. Specific instructions need to be followed to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
Local Organizations and Resources
No local organizations.
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 16.12.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/republic-of-korea/
- 11.09.2022/National Medicine Authority: https://www.mfds.go.kr/eng/index.do
- National Medicine Databank: -
- 16.12.2022/Reproductive Rights Map: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/?country=KOR
- 16.12.2022/Map of Norms regarding Conscientious Objection: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
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