Decree proposed on assisted reproduction

The executive branch is proposing a decree to authorize assisted reproduction that would comply with a 2012 ruling by the Interamerican Court of Human Rights.

In vitro fertilization, as it is known, has been sought by a handful of couples through the public health system, and the issue has been controversial because some lawmakers oppose the concept on principle.

The proposed decree is being submitted to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social and the Colegio de Médicos for comments. The proposal is detailed and permits assisted fertilization between a couple and also by donation. The Ministerio de Salud would be empowered to provide oversight.

The proposed decree would prohibit cloning, genetic selection, genetic alteration, and destruction of viable eggs.

A measure to do the same things is bogged down in the legislature. The decree was advanced to present in a session of the Interamerican Court.

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