The Blue House announced Sunday [op's note: Sunday November 28
] that it is open to revision of abortion laws after thorough deliberation, in response to a popular online petition calling for abortion’s decriminalization.
Over 235,000 people signed the petition to legalize abortion and abortion pills after it was uploaded on the Blue House website on Sept. 30. According to the law, women who have abortions can be sentenced to a one-year jail term or fined up to 2 million won ($1,840), while medical staff who perform abortions can be sentenced to 2 years in prison. Korea’s laws on abortion have largely remained unchanged since they were introduced in 1953.
On Sunday, the Blue House posted a video on its website and various social media platforms to offer an optimistic response to the petition. It chose Senior Secretary for Civil Affairs Cho Kuk, who supported the decriminalization of abortions as a university professor in 2013, to appear. Since coming to office, President Moon Jae-in requires relevant ministers and senior secretaries to give official response to petitions that receive more than 200,000 signatures on the Blue House petition page. ( Collapse )
.Thoughts, Omona?Source: Korea Joongang Daily