over on another board we had a discussion on abortion laws in different places. It was a huge surprise to me. We were discussing why a character in a Kdrama didn't have an abortion in Italy while she was there. It turned out that getting one would have been impossible for her. Here in the US we have the easisiest abortion rules. Russia also has rules almost as easy. In most of the world, abortion is severely restricted by law. In practice, not so much. For example, in Korea abortion is just plain illegal, but no one notices. More babies are aborted in Korea than are born. Taiwan also has the status of abortion being illegal but common. It is permitted under several circumstances, but counseling is required. Like Korea, more babies seem to be aborted than born. Israel requires the approval of a three member committee (which will have no less than one female member) and a week long wait. Italy and france permit abortion on demand up to 90 days or 12 weeks, illegal except in extraordinary circumstances afterward. England forbids the practice except upon certification of emotional or physical damage to the mom by the abortion provider. Effectively, abortion on demand. Germany allows abortion on demand for the first trimester, but it requires counseling and a waiting period. the basic rule is it is illegal, but if counseling is provided, and the wait period is allowed, then the provider won't be prosecuted. In Holland, also, abortion is a crime unless it is deemed an emergency situation. Emergency situations are common. The US is actually one of the few places where abortion is not only legal, but a constitutionally protected right. From what I can gather from my reading, the US also has the lowest abortion rate. I am feeling confused by all this.