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Costa Rica’s public health system welcomes first IVF baby

Her birth is a milestone that follows years of struggles to legalize IVF and offer it within the Costa Rica Social Security System (CCSS, or Caja). 

‘A long-awaited moment’: Three Costa Rican couples expecting babies thanks to IVF

Nine women were transferred fertilized eggs, and three are now in their 10th week of gestation.  

Women face difficulties in obtaining morning-after pill in Costa Rica

At a pharmacy in Cartago, the pharmacist in charge that day said that while the store had the pill, it was his decision not to sell it. 

Costa Rica opens doors for in vitro fertilization

It took a historic trial and years of discussions for the Costa Rican government to implement measures to ensure access to assisted reproduction methods in public health institutions.

Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban

The parents are from the province of Heredia who had the IVF procedure performed last June at a private hospital in San José.

Costa Rican lawmakers approve bill to ban sex with minors

The new law sets prison times up to six years and also bans marriage between people under 18 and between an adult and a minor.

Supreme Court backs bill to ban sex with minors

The Sala IV ruling will allow Costa Rican lawmakers to hold a second vote on a bill that would outlaw sex with minors.

Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF

The executive decree reinstating the right to in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Costa Rica went into effect three months ago. But just one private clinic has applied and received authorization to perform the fertility procedure.

Zika: Tragedy or Opportunity?

In these epidemics, a window of opportunity appears for social change on behalf of women’s right to control their reproductive capacity.

UN committee recommends Costa Rica allow abortion in cases of rape

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 or when fatal fetal impairment exists.
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