In Vitro Fertilization in Costa Rica
The women’s right to in vitro fertilization has been ratified by an international court and the Costa Rican government says that it will comply with the ruling in the next month.
As the Costa Rican legislature was unable to complete a bill concerning the regulation of the topic sensitive reproductive process, the international high court ruled on an action brought before it by 27 couples. The main objective of the ruling was to lift a ban proposed in 2000 for the controversial in vitro fertilization. The ban has been held in effect as President Solís administration has been discuss ing how to regulate the procedure in Costa Rica.
The ruling was made final in 2012, so it has been three years since the edict passed from the international courts to Costa Rica. The administration acknowledged that the process has been a slow one, but said that it will still need time to put regulations on in vitro fertilization.
The ban on in vitro fertilization hasn’t really lifted in any kind of permanent way, because the government has been lackluster in their attempts to install a system that worked. The ban was originally brought about by anti-abortion activists as strange as that might sound. The Catholic Church has a lot of influence in Costa Rica on this matter, and President Solís is all too aware that placing pressure on congress to act might result in a backlash by the public.
The whole story of ten couples desire to have a family via in vitro fertilization has been documented by Journalist Gabriela Quirós. Quirós has now compiled the story which she started after graduating from Berkeley’s School of Journalism in 1999. Her particular journalistic realm of study is health, and she is originally from Costa Rica. It seemed a perfect fit for Quirós to be the one to bring out such a story. The end result, a release of a documentary entitled “Beautiful Sin,” which was screened at the San Francisco Latino Film Festival in September of last year.
The end of the couples’ fight is not, however, certain as of right now. Solís has acknowledged that the government is far past due on the court’s ruling, but believes it will take at least another six months to place protocols into action.