Sunday, December 13, 2009

Terminating Korea’s abortion culture

A Korean gynaecologist explains why he abandoned a lucrative procedure and is campaigning to reduce abortions.

Jean Chung / For The LA Times / November 20, 2009Sang-duk Shim | Sunday, 13 December 2009

South Korea has one of the highest rates of abortion in the world, even though abortion is technically illegal there except in a few rare circumstances. According to official government figures, there are 340,000 abortions each year, although one parliamentarian has estimated that there may be as many as 1.5 million. At the same time, Korea's birth rate is the second-lowest in the world – 1.19 births per woman -- and some Koreans fear that their very survival as a nation is in doubt.

That is the background for a courageous decision by a 50-year-old Seoul obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Sang-duk Shim, to stop doing abortions and to lobby the government for a dramatic reduction. He has even received death threats for his stand. MercatorNet conducted this email interview with him: Full article

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