Costa Rica´s Stand on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Is Catalogued as "International Legal Rebellion"

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A publication in the Spanish site of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) echoed the opposition that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has had in Costa Rica for years.

    The analysis catalogued the actions of Costa Rica as “international legal rebellion” before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the body that ordered the creation of a law that allows the procedure.

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    “Despite the conviction, Costa Rica remains in a sort of international legal rebellion because although some of the remedial measures have been met, the bill to give legality to IVF is stuck in the Congress and does not offer a promising scenario.

    Furthermore, the Catholic Church and conservative groups are pushing and doing everything they can to prevent its approval. Arguments on the subject are generating a heated debate on human rights, the definition of the concepts of human life and family “, quotes an excerpt from the publication.

    “About 5,000 people marched along the streets of San Jose to protest against what they consider a “threat to the family “, and confirmed their rejection to the current IVF bill and other initiatives discussed at the conference on same-sex marriage, abortion and the morning-after pill “, added the publication.

    Catholic authorities were also present.  For instance,  Jose Francisco Ulloa, Bishop of Cartago, catalogued these initiatives as “horrors” and “dire” and asked Catholics to oppose them, since, according to him, not doing so would be equivalent to betraying their values “, states another excerpt of the text issued by BBC.

    The sentence was dictated by the International Court in 2012, and it gave hope to many families who seek alternative methods to have children. However, frustration has not disappeared altogether, as the procedure is still not being put into practice.

    In addition, last week the Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security Entity, Ileana Balmaceda, criticized the IVF project before the Social Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly of IVF project.

    Balmaceda explained that the CCSS does not have the conditions to take carry out the IVF process and that they could not expose patients to unnecessary risks with very limited benefits. She added that there are around 800 couples interested in IVF and that each process would cost around two million colones. EFE

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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