In a very interesting case, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is suing the Costa Rican State Court of Human Rights for the county’s banning of IVF since 2000 (InsideCostaRica). The treatment was originally banned in 2000 as it was found to “violate the life of embryos” (InsideCostaRica). The human right to pursue IVF treatment is supported by two articles from the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights of the UN (IVF Cost): Article 16.1 All man and women have right, without restriction for reason of race, nationality, or religion to marry and found a family. Yet, many of Costa Rica’s arguments against IVF are rooted in religious beliefs. In addition, Article 25 that states, everyone is entitled to the benefit of the highest possible level of physical and mental health. Building a family is a huge source of happiness for many, and, according to Harvard Health, being denied the ability to have a family can contribute to feelings of serious depression.
Hopefully IACHR’s steps will make it easier for all intended parents to safely and effectively seek fertility treatment options.