Da Eun Jung Humanities and Social Science
Korean Women’s Perceptions of Korean Abortion Policy Changes and U.S. Abortion Debate
In the United States, abortion has been legal since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), but abortion restrictions have been gradually increasing since then. In contrast, the Republic of Korea overturned its anti-abortion legislation on January 1, 2021. This project uses in-depth interviewing to study Korean women’s perceptions on abortion, opinions on the future state of abortion policies in Korea, and interpretations of the U.S. abortion debate. This study will examine how a forthcoming abortion legislation will reflect women’s opinions of abortion, speculate on how the policy changes may actually impact the lives of women, and explore whether Korea may follow a similar political history as the U.S., wherein abortion is becoming more difficult to obtain.