What’s Current: South Korean feminists are fighting to overturn the nation’s abortion ban


  • South Korea’s growing feminist movement turns its attention to fighting the country’s abortion ban, in place since 1953.
  • A young woman in El Salvador has been charged with attempted murder, and faces up to 20 years in prison, for abandoning a baby she gave birth to after her 70-year-old stepfather raped her.
  • An essay published in the New England Journal of Medicine recommends a systematic change to the way US hospitals monitor three common hazards to address maternal mortality rates: postpartum hemorrhage, problems with high blood pressure, and blood clots before or after delivery.
  • Large numbers of teen girls and women of childbearing age have diets deficient in calcium and iron, in spite of higher needs for these nutrients. Dieticians are concerned that sex stereotypes and fear of weight gain discourage women and girls from eating foods like red meat and dairy products, contributing to widespread anemia and calcium deficiency.
  • A viral video of a Free Syrian Army fighter murdering his sister in an “honour” killing, after he accused her of adultery, points to a culture of impunity for sexual abuse and femicide in Syria.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.