South Korea’s 66-year abortion ban must be lifted by end of 2020 the country’s Constitutional Court ruled today, in a major win for pro-choice advocates.
Seven out of nine judges ruled that outlawing abortion was unconstitutional; votes from six judges were needed to overturn the ban.
According to CNN News, Lawmakers now have until December 31, 2020 to revise the law. Termination of pregnancy after 20-weeks will remain illegal.
Previously, women who had abortions in South Korea could face up to a year in prison and can be fined up to $1,780, while doctors or healthcare workers who helped terminate a pregnancy could be jailed for up to two years.
While prosecutions were rare, they were not unheard of.