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Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban

L. Arias - March 9, 2017

A baby girl named María José is the first baby born as the result of an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure after a 16-year ban on the…

Costa Rican lawmakers approve bill to ban sex with minors
Crime
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Crime
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Costa Rican lawmakers approve bill to ban sex with minors

L. Arias - October 26, 2016

The Legislative Assembly has approved Bill #19,337, which establishes prison sentences for adults convicted of having sex with a minor. A majority of 43 lawmakers voted in…

Supreme Court backs bill to ban sex with minors
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Supreme Court backs bill to ban sex with minors

L. Arias - October 14, 2016

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, has upheld the wording of a bill that establishes prison sentences for adults convicted of having sex…

Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF

L. Arias - July 18, 2016

The executive decree reinstating the right to in vitro fertilization, or IVF, in Costa Rica went into effect three months ago, but only one private clinic has applied and…

Zika: Tragedy or Opportunity?
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Global
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Zika: Tragedy or Opportunity?

Mónica Roa - June 30, 2016

The Zika virus presents a rare global opportunity to effect a meaningful improvement in women’s power to control their reproductive capacity. Zika, a word we had never…

UN committee recommends Costa Rica allow abortion in cases of rape
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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UN committee recommends Costa Rica allow abortion in cases of rape

L. Arias - April 2, 2016

A committee from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recommended that Costa Rica should review its legislation on abortion in cases of rape, incest…

Human rights court backs Costa Rica’s decree on legalizing IVF
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Human rights court backs Costa Rica’s decree on legalizing IVF

L. Arias - March 1, 2016

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that a decree to legalize and regulate in vitro fertilization, signed by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís last September, complies with…

Human rights court admits new IVF complaint against Costa Rica
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Human rights court admits new IVF complaint against Costa Rica

L. Arias - March 1, 2016

The lawyer for six couples who sued Costa Rica more than a decade ago for banning in vitro fertilization says time is running out for his clients to become…

With abortion banned in Zika countries, women beg on web for abortion pills
Global
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Global
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With abortion banned in Zika countries, women beg on web for abortion pills

Michael E. Miller | The Washington Post - February 18, 2016

The emails arrive at an accelerating pace. Once sporadic, they now come in an incessant stream of 40, 45 or 50 per day. Most are in Spanish…

Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’
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Global
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Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’

AFP - February 18, 2016

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Thursday that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at…