Abortion in Korea

  • Frank Tedesco


This study is a first exploration of the subject of abortion and Buddhism in contemporary South Korea.1 Abortion in Korea has been studied as a factor in family planning policy and population control,2 as a legal matter3 and as an issue of sexuality and gender,4 but minimal attention has been given to the religious perspective and almost none to Buddhism, despite the fact that Buddhists form the majority of the religious population in the country.5


Abortion Rate Korean Woman Family Planning Policy Unwed Mother Buddhist Temple 
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