Episode
January 29, 2015

Putting the freeze on IVF

The Stream looks at the fight over legalising in-vitro fertilisation in Costa Rica.
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In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is an option for many around the world, unless you live in Costa Rica. IVF at times involves discarding unused embryos, which led the country’s Supreme Court to ban it in 2000 stating that the “human embryo is a person from the moment of conception”.  In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the lifting of the ban in Costa Rica, but IVF still remains unavailable as religious groups stall legislation to legalise it.  

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Alejandro Leal Esquivel
Geneticist

Andrea Bianchi @interpretingall
Went to Colombia for IVF

Carlos Rodriguez @revista_amauta
Journalist, Revista Amauta
revista-amauta.org

Fernando Zamora 
Constitutional lawyer
nuevacostarica.blogspot.com

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