The Western satellite state of South Korea let itself succumb to the worst of Western impulses this week when the country’s top court declared a 70-year ban on abortion in most cases to be unconstitutional. South Korean lawmakers now have until the end of 2020 to draft a new law permitting the murderous practice.
The 7-2 ruling on Thursday (ironically, the exact same ratio as Roe v. Wade) dictated that the abortion ban “limits women’s rights to pursue their own destinies, and violates their rights to health by limiting their access to safe and timely procedures.” As is the case with every one of these rulings, the well-being or humanity of the unborn child played no factor in the final outcome.
According to HuffPost, the restrictive anti-abortion law effectively banned the procedure in all cases except for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Passed in 1953 at the end of the Korean War, the law also permitted punishments for both women and doctors who procured abortions. Women were also required to have spousal approval in the rare exceptions where abortions were permitted. Thursday’s ruling resulted from an abortion doctor facing criminal charges for performing over 69 illegal abortions.
The ruling also made the claim that unborn babies cannot be treated as an independent entity due to their dependency on the mother’s body.
According to Reuters, the lawyer representing the plaintiff said that the ruling will “free women from shackles.” Feminist activists also celebrated the ruling with the same fervor. (Read more from “South Korea Lifts 70-Year Anti-Abortion Law” HERE)