Costa Rica: World’s Last In Vitro Fertilization Ban Falls

August 17, 2016

(Nature) – After a lengthy struggle, in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures began last month in Costa Rica. This effectively ends the last full IVF ban in the world. (In countries under Islamic law, for example, IVF is permitted, albeit only within marriage.) IVF was banned in 2000 in Costa Rica, one of the few remaining countries where Catholicism is the state religion.