placed in a woman’s uterus or cryopreserved (frozen) for future use.” 3 This topic has become really popular in the last years because Costa Rica, has been developing a discussion about the legality of this method in the public and private practice. Most of the discussion has to do with the issue of defining life, not only as a medical but legal term and whether IVF procedure violate the human right of “life” or not. Is important high light that in the Costa Rican Political Constitution the right to life is enshrined in the article number 21 and also our State has signed and ratified many international agreements in order to protect this right such as the American Convention on Human Rights (Pacto San José)4, among others. But what is life? For lawyers is difficult to define it, nevertheless this was the reason why in 2001 the Costa Rican Constitutional Tribunal annulled a Presidential Decree that allowed that practice and determined that In Vitro Fertilization was against the constitution, because it violates the right to life of the unborn child or children 5. Since that moment, it was started a battle of 10 pairs that find this judgment harmful of other the human rights as equality, dignity, pursuit of family. For this reason these couples brought this petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and after almost 10 years in 2011 the Commission sent the petition to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights 6. Now, even when exists a project of Law in the Legislative Assembly that will rule this practice, we have to expect for the trial against Costa Rica get started, the IAHR decide the future of the IVF in our country and of course to see the results of the judgment. Picture achieved from: http://bornangels.com/tag/ivf
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Américan Convention on Human Right, “Article 4. Right to Life: 1. Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right shall be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life (…) 5 Constitutional Tribunal of Costa Rica, Sentence 2000-02306 6 OEA-IACHR, file 12361.
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