Fertility treatment will be permitted in Costa Rica after 15 years prohibition

11.09.2015


The Costa Rica’s government has announced that it will now allow fertility treatment in the country after 15 years since it was banned in the country.

Back in 2000 the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was banned in Costa Rica after anti-abortion activists with the help of the Catholic Church and a U.S. group won a legal battle against the treatment. The legal battle also gave legal rights to the embryo effectively banning the treatment in the country. The decision by the country's Supreme Court to grant constitutional rights to the embryo strengthened the country's ban on abortion.

It should be noted that Costa Rica is the only country in the world that has outlawed the fertility treatment. Under the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, doctors create embryos in the lab to help couples have children. Experts say that abortion is illegal in almost all Latin American countries in almost all circumstances.

For the first time the Mitochondrial replacement therapy or 'three-person in vitro fertilization' (IVF) was performed in 1996 in the United States. There are concerns that mitochondrial replacement IVF might lead to widespread genetic engineering and there might be designer babies.

Based on: frenchtribune.com

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