Estimates of induced abortion in South Korea: Health facilities survey

Hyeong Sik Ahn, Hyun Joo Seol, Ji Eun Lim, Sung Hee Hong, Sun Young Lee, Moon Il Park, Soonduck Kim, Hai Joong Kim

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Aim: The aim of this study was to estimate the national rates of induced abortion in South Korea, where no quantitative national studies of abortion exist because the procedure is illegal. Materials and Methods: A survey of 25 hospitals and 176 private clinics that provide induced abortions was conducted in 2005. The data were analyzed to estimate the nationwide rate of induced abortion. Indirect estimation methodology was used to calculate the number of annual induced abortions. Results: In 2005, an estimated 342 433 induced abortions were performed in South Korea at a rate of 29.8 per 1000 women aged 15-44 years. We observed that the abortion rate was higher in single women (31.6 per 1000 women) than in married women (28.6 per 1000 women). Conclusions: A significant number of induced abortions occur in both cohorts of married and unmarried women. To prevent serious physical harm to patients, the government should reconsider the practicality of the current statutes that prohibit women from seeking abortions from a qualified provider.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-328
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan


  • Abortion rate
  • Illegal abortion
  • Induced abortion
  • National rate
  • South Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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