Sex education needed for reducing abortionsAccording to data from the Korean Church, at least 1.5 million abortions are performed each year in South Korea. Although abortion is illegal in South Korea, many women and doctors have been doing it stealthily. Abortion is a delicate social issue which is caused many times by sexual ignorance.
The publication of the book “I had an Abortion” has started a debate about abortion and the treatment of women. Korea is not the only country that is dealing with this. Ireland has also attracted the attention of the world with the case where an Indian dentist who was denied an abortion by an Irish hospital died. Even though the fetus had no possibility of survival and the dentist felt harsh pain, the government declined her petition because of its strong relationship with Catholicism.
One of the reasons for many abortions in Korea is a lack of sex education. People, especially students, have sex without knowing what they are really doing. In fact, they don’t know the consequences that it can bring. The government should make schools to teach more often sex education.
By Duri Cho, Student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Spanish and English Linguistics