SEOUL(Reuters)– The South Korean president’s office said on Sunday that it will begin a review on the country’s 64-year-old law to ban abortion.
The announcement came after more than 230,000 South Koreans filed a petition calling for the abolishment of the law.
South Korea criminalized abortion in 1953 when its leaders wanted to boost the population and build an army powerful enough to fend off its rival North Korea.
But in 1973, with population growth strong, the country drew up exceptions to the abortion law, such as where the mother’s health is at risk, the baby is to be born with severe birth defects or the pregnancy was caused by a sexual crime.
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