Court strikes ban on in-vitro process

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

A Costa Ri­can ban on in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion has been struck down by the In­ter-Amer­i­can Court of Hu­man Rights in a de­ci­sion that re­pro­duc­tive health groups said could lead to greater ac­cess to abor­tion and some con­tra­cep­tion in other Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries. The court said in a rul­ing late Thurs­day that a long­stand­ing Costa Ri­can guar­an­tee of pro­tec­tion for ev­ery hu­man em­bryo vi­o­lated the re­pro­duc­tive free­dom of in­fer­tile cou­ples be­cause it pro­hib­ited them from us­ing in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion, which of­ten in­volves the dis­posal of em­bryos not im­planted in a pa­tient’s uterus

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