The Ministry of Health authorized the first private laboratory to perform the technique of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the country.
The obstetrician, gynecologist and specialist in human reproductive medicine, Ariel Perez, received the endorsement by the authorities. The technique will be held in Centro Fecundar Costa Rica, in CIMA Hospital.
The technique was banned by the Constitutional Court in 2010, claiming that it went against the right to human life. In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Costa Rica must allow it and compensate 12 couples who sued the State in the Court for the ban.
The Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) is in the process of developing protocols to perform this medical procedure as well.