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25 Years

Abortion, Family Planning, and the Population Regime in South Korea (1974-2019)

Date: 
Fri, 10/25/2019 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
537 Heller Hall

Presented by Jade Ji, PhD candidate, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

In April 2019, the Constitutional Court of Korea made a ground breaking decision that abortion criminal codes were unconstitutional. Even though South Korean criminal codes banned all abortions beginning in 1953, after the military coup in 1973, dictatorial regimes supported abortions for population control between 1974 and 1990. My dissertation explores how diverse South Korean women have accepted, negotiated, and resisted the paradox of abortion. Through a multi-sited ethnography in three women’s communities, my research connects the nascent feminist struggles for legalizing abortion with the religious communities in South Korea.