South Korea Overturns Abortion Ban After Nearly 70 Years

“Today’s ruling is a major step forward for the human rights of women and girls in South Korea,” Roseann Rife, the East Asia research director for Amnesty International, said in a statement Thursday. “The country’s draconian laws have resulted in discrimination and stigmatization for generations of women and girls by forcing them to undergo clandestine and unsafe abortions. The constitutional court has sent a clear message this must change, and in future the human rights of women and girls must be fully protected and respected.”