Police announced an investigation Monday after a doctor reportedly performed an abortion on a pregnant woman in South Korea by mistake.
A nurse injected the wrong person with anesthesia, and a doctor performed an abortion, Yonhap reported. (RELATED: Over 2,000 Fetal Remains Found On Late Abortion Doctor’s Property, Sheriff’s Office Says)
Police are investigating the doctor and nurse for professional negligence and will send the case to a prosecutor’s office soon, local police told CNN.
“The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault,” a police official said, according to CNN.
South Korea’s health ministry estimated about 50,000 abortions were performed in South Korea in 2018, CNN reported. Abortion is only permitted in South Korea in cases of rape, incest or hereditary disease or if the health of the mother is in danger.
South Korea passed a law legalizing abortion in April that will go into effect on Dec. 31, 2020, the publication reported.
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