Abortion Laws and Policies
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Access to abortion is a fundamental human right and a basic healthcare. If you live in a country where access to abortion is restricted, you can get abortion pills through Women on Web.
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.
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.
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Mifepristone is not officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
Misoprostol is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
It is not registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc.), but is registered for other purposes (such as arthritis or gastric ulcers etc.)
A doctor's prescription may be required to get Misoprostol.
There is no data on regulations around the distribution of Misoprostol available.
These are brand names under which Mifepristone, Misoprostol or Combi Packs (that contain both abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are officially distributed and/or commonly found in the country.
Cytotec 200mcg (싸이토텍정 200mcg),
Alsoben 100mcg (알소벤정100mcg),
Misoprostol Tab Nelson 200mcg (한국넬슨미소프로스톨정 200mcg)
Safety notice: 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. Please find more info in our FAQ to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
Cost of Abortion Pills
These are comments about the estimated cost of abortion pills in your country.
- “Combipack : About 300$ in black market. Miso only (including prescription and pill) : About 10$" - Dr. Jungwon Yoon / OBGYN doctor of National medical center - November 2022
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Organizations and Resources
- Women on Web
Abortion pill access by mail
- SDR Clinic (Supporting Diversity and Reproductive Health Clinic)
Clinic specializing in sexual and reproductive health (pregnancy abortion and general obstetrics and gynecology care):
This hospital is a “hospital without discrimination” that provides examinations, detailed counseling, and appropriate information regardless of gender or disability. We aim to be a hospital that anyone can easily find without prejudice or stigma, such as early pregnancy abortion, menstrual cycle-related counseling and management, menopausal counseling and management, and transgender hormone treatment.
Address: 6th floor, Jangseung Building, 98 Jangseungbaegi-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
- SRHR center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive Justice
organization for SRHR
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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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