On Aug. 7, a pregnant patient with a 6-week fetus went to a clinic in Gangseo district, the capital of Seoul, according to Gangseo police. At the clinic, mixing medical records and identity checks led to her miscarriage.
The responding doctor and nurse are under investigation and the case will soon be sent to the prosecution, CNN police said.
"The doctor and the nurse have pleaded guilty," said a police officer. Now they have been charged with negligence causing bodily harm.
Police announced the investigation on Monday, Jonhap said.
However, under existing laws, the practice remains illegal and technical. punishable by up to a year in prison. Exceptions are granted in cases where parents have hereditary diseases, pregnancy is due to rape or incest, or the fetus threatens the life of the mother.
About 50,000 abortions were performed in South Korea last year, according to the country's health ministry. The real numbers may be much higher, as criminalizing practice distorts reporting.