Earlier polling on the abortion issue, using a different question, found similar results. Just over half support the abortion ban, while 13% want mandatory coverage of abortion.
The New York Times has an article on the growth of the prolife movement in South Korea among doctors who formerly performed illegal abortions.
In a country where abortion is both widespread and, with few exceptions, against the law, Dr. Choi and Dr. Shim are hoping to force South Korea’s first serious public discussion of the ethics of the procedure. In November, they and dozens of other obstetricians held a news conference to ask “forgiveness” for having performed illegal abortions.
The group they formed, Gynob, has called on other doctors to declare whether they have performed illegal abortions. In December they set up another organization, Pro-Life Doctors, which tries to discourage women from having abortions and runs a hot line to report clinics that perform them illegally. This month, they plan to begin reporting practitioners of such abortions to the police.
In the UK, the General Medical Counsel is having hearings regarding the case of Dr Saroj Adlakha, a doctor who took her teenage daughter to Spain for an abortion at 31 weeks.
Records allegedly show that Adlakha contacted the Ginemedex Clinic to book an appointment and bought airline tickets to Barcelona days after her daughter was turned away from the Calthorpe Clinic.
She told her practice receptionist that she could lose her license for helping her daughter arrange the abortion after returning from Spain, the tribunal heard.
"She must have been very well aware of the seriousness and the potential consequences to her as a doctor," Heather Norton, representing the GMC, told the tribunal.
"The mere fact, we would suggest, that Dr Adlakha had to take her daughter out of the jurisdiction to obtain a termination, strongly suggests that, whether correctly or not, Dr Adlakha believed that it would not have been possible to obtain a lawful termination in this country."
On Britain's Celebrity Big Brother, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss apparently said, "Thank God for abortion."