Pressure mounts on lawmakers to legalize IVF

By Jill Replogle

Pressure is mounting for Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly to pass a bill legalizing in vitro fertilization before an international court-ordered deadline next month.

President Luis Guillermo Solís alerted lawmakers Wednesday that if they did not take action to legalize IVF, he would.

Also on Wednesday, the Center for Justice and International Law presented a letter signed by 28 human rights organizations urging the Costa Rican government to legalize the fertility practice. In the letter, the groups — including Amnesty International, Center for Reproductive Rights and Costa Rica’s Justice and Gender Foundation — reminded the government of its obligation to comply with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights‘ order to make IVF available in the country free from any type of discrimination.

From the letter:

Costa Rica has always expressed willingness to comply with its international obligations to respect and guarantee the human rights of its people. … Considering the Costa Rican government’s track record, it concerns us that some internal actors advocate for non-compliance with the sentence, compromising the historical position of respect for human rights that Costa Rica represents internationally.

Lawmakers aligned with religious groups have thus-far thwarted attempts to legalize IVF, bogging bills down with hundreds of amendments.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a ruling … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times