Controls to be tightened on illegal abortionsStricter measures to control illegal abortions are surfacing following an anti-abortion doctors’ group’s recent report of illegal procedures conducted by fellow obstetricians.
The Korean Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced yesterday that it will revoke memberships for obstetrics hospitals that advertise, up to three times, that they conduct illegal abortions, whether via the Internet or other media outlets.
Earlier this month, Pro-Life Doctors, a group made up of obstetricians who oppose abortion, reported three obstetrics hospitals to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office for allegedly conducting illegal abortions. After heated media coverage, many obstetricians in Korea stopped performing abortions.
As more women have become desperate to find doctors who perform the operation, more hospitals have advertised that they perform abortions.
The association said it will issue a warning on discovering the first instance of an illegal abortion ad. If a second ad appears, the association will suspend the hospital’s membership for three months. The third offense will result in permanent loss of membership.
By Cho Jae-eun [email@example.com]
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