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South Korea moves to legalize abortion

Constitutional Court rules punishment for women and doctors is unconstitutional

A pro-abortion law protester holds up a banner during a rally to support the abortion law in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul on April 11.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's Constitutional Court ruled on April 11 that it is unconstitutional to punish women and doctors who have or perform abortions, paving the way for legalizing the procedure for the first time in nearly seven decades.

The court said that such punishment undermines the rights of pregnant women, violating the constitutional guarantee for people to make decisions on their own fate.

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