Under the new guidelines, now any woman can access emergency contraception at health centers run by the Costa Rican Social Security System.
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.
Lawmakers move forward with bill to legalize morning-after pill, therapeutic abortion for rape victims
Evangelical lawmakers promised to block the bill with "5,000 motions."
The sexual assault victim said that the Monteverde Institute mishandled her case in that its management was more concerned with legal waivers and assigning blame than her emotional well-being.
Last week, ruling party presidential candidate Johnny Araya tried to claim the mantle of family values, accusing opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís of having a different position than that of his own Citizen Action Party. While the abortion question could prove combustible in Costa Rica, Araya is not well positioned to strike the match.
In staging yet another protest, Costa Rica's Catholic Church aims to be heard during campaign season.
Doctors at a public hospital in Costa Rica refused to perform a therapeutic abortion last November, saying the woman's life was not at risk.
Thousands of Evangelical Christians, Catholics and social conservatives in Costa Rica mobilized against perceived threats to the "traditional" family and pushed a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and woman.
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