Costa Rica to regulate IVF After Long Row

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San José (AFP) – Costa Rica’s president will issue a directive to regulate in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a long legal battle.

President Luis Guillermo Solis said his office will issue regulations by September to comply with a regional court ruling by the IAC (Inter-American Commission) on Human Rights.

“I am going to take action since I do not want Costa Rica to face sanctions a second time” over failure to comply with the November 2013 ruling, Solis said.

Costa Rica, a mostly Catholic nation that takes pride in its respect for civil liberties, has been the only country in Latin America that had a prohibition the procedure.

Costa Rica has a date with the court September 3 to explain how it is adhering with the ruling lifting the prohibition on the reproductive technology.

But its lawmakers, who should normally issue the regulations, will not make the deadline given the still-controversial nature of the procedure, Solis said.

IVF was banned in Costa Rica in 2000 under strain from the Roman Catholic Church. Some opposing couples sued the government over the ban.

This has been such a hotly debated topic. As the Fall rolls around, check back with us where we can give you the latest update on fertility law in Costa Rica.

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