Abortion Pill Will Only Be Available In Japan If The Father Consents

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Abortion is a hot topic right now following the leak of the SCOTUS draft opinion that hinted at Roe vs. Wade being overturned. Japan just introduced new legislation related to abortion that has caught the eyes of everyone around the world.

In Japan, the abortion pill hasn't been approved yet, even though it's readily available to women in just about every Western country, including the U.S. and the UK. Japan's parliament is set to make a final decision on the abortion pill by end of 2022, but in the meantime, they have introduced legislation that will limit how easily women can get their hands on this pill.

The Abortion Pill Will Only Be Available in Japan If the Father Consents

The new law states that a woman can only be prescribed the abortion pill if the father of her baby agrees to the abortion. Of course, this has upset many feminist activists in Japan who insist that the woman always has the final say, regardless of whether the father wants his baby to be born. This is aligned with Japan's already existing legislation, though, that requires the father's consent before a woman can receive a surgical abortion as well.

Mizuho Fukushima, a politician from the Social Democratic Party, opposed this law and asked in a hearing, “Why should a woman need her partner’s approval? It’s her body. Women are not the property of men. Their rights, not those of the man, should be protected.” The World Health Organization and the UN committee have even chimed in to urge Japan to nix this legislation.

In 2020, 145,000 surgical abortions were performed in Japan, and they are one of 11 countries that require the father to consent to the abortion.

Logically, it only makes sense that the father should have a say in whether his child lives, especially considering the fact that it takes two people to make a baby, and that baby has two parents. The location of the child—in the womb of the mother—shouldn't change the fact that the father is just as much of a parent as the mother is; in fact, it's this very logic that requires fathers to pay child support even if he's not involved in the child's life.

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