“Group Resists Korean Stigma for Mothers on Their Own”

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 at 1:32 am

This article discusses facts resulting from a culture completely different to my own.
1.6% of babies born in Korea are born to unwed mothers. 40% of babies born in the US are born to unwed mothers. “Nearly 96% of unwed pregnant mothers in South Korea choose abortion.”

Though reducing the number of single mothers is something that I believe would be beneficial to individuals and society, being a single mother should not be made harder than it already is.

In the US, those in favor of the abortion movement are labeled “pro-choice.” In Korea, it doesn’t appear that these women have a choice. Modernization has obviously crept into the traditional familial structures and waiting for marriage is no longer as sacred as it once was. Men in this type of relationship can demand an abortion or walk out. Women are expected to terminate the pregnancy but what about those who don’t want to?

Many are encouraged to place their children for adoption and potential families are led to believe that they will be helping. Instead, they may actually be reaffirming a cultural phenomenon oppressing women’s rights.


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