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    South Korea’s Abortion Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

    In a landmark decision today, South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered the revision of a 1953 law criminalizing abortion in nearly all cases — seven years after the same court narrowly upheld the controversial measure. Current legislation punishes women who terminate a pregnancy with a $1,850 fine or one year in prison, while medical professionals who perform abortion procedures face two years behind bars.

    Why now? Observers have pointed to an “unprecedented wave of women’s rights activism” in South Korea, a highly developed nation that’s still struggling with deep-seated gender inequality.

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