Abortion is highly restricted in South Korea and is criminalized under articles 269 and 270 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Korea (originally published in 1953). The Maternal and Child Health law, passed in 1973, provides the following permissible exceptions for terminating a pregnancy:
On 11 April, 2019, South Korea’s six decade ban on abortion was declared unconstitutional. The court ordered the decriminalization of abortion and a revision of the current abortion laws by 31 December, 2020. The current law (which bans abortion) is still valid until a new one can take effect.
Trained health care providers can perform abortions and many do so unofficially.
Both public and private health care institutes, specifically ob-gyn clinics, offer abortions on an unofficial basis.
The cost is usually between $600 - $700.
Misoprostol and mifepristone are not available for purchase from pharmacies.
The Mother and Child Health Act (1973)
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