Da Eun  Jung

Korean Women’s Perceptions on Korean Abortion Policy Changes and the U.S. Abortion Debate

The Republic of Korea is a country that will soon be legalizing abortion (2017Hun-Ba127). In contrast, abortion has been legal nationally throughout the United States since the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade (1973), though restrictions have been gradually increasing since the 1980s. This study will conduct 10 to 20 in-depth interviews with fertile Korean women between the ages of 16 and 44 who have experienced sexual intercourse. The goal of this cross-cultural analysis is to provide insight into how Korean women perceive their own country’s future abortion legislation in comparison to U.S. abortion history and its current (restriction) debate. Questions asked will relate to their opinions about Korea’s abortion rights transition, their anticipation of the future state of abortion in Korea, and their interpretation of the U.S. abortion debate.