Costa Rica Considers Legalizing in Vitro Fertilization

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, JUNE 27, 2011 ( The Church in Costa Rica is intensifying efforts to teach the faithful that in vitro fertilization usually implies the destruction of human lives.

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The Central American nation is considering a bill in the Legislative Assembly, and is being pressured by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to approve it by July 31.

Less than two weeks ago in Costa Rica, a bill to regulate in vitro fertilization was rejected by a margin of just one vote.

The Church is turning to the media to educate the faithful on what in vitro fertilization is, and its consequences.

For example, one announcement on Costa Rica radio features the voice of a little girl. «Hello, I am Sophie,» she says, «the third of three siblings, and although my parents love me with all their hearts, I know that to come into the world my other seven siblings died in a laboratory.»

The Church is also sponsoring conferences in schools, highlighting how embryos created in the process of IVF are many times destroyed or left frozen with an uncertain future.

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