- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is ordering Costa Rica to comply with a four-year-old ruling overturning its ban on in-vitro fertilization.

Last month the country’s Constitutional Court blocked President Luis Guillermo Solis’ attempt to bring Costa Rica in line with the 2012 decision via executive order, ruling that only lawmakers could regulate the practice.

But the Inter-American Court found Tuesday that an executive decree is sufficient. It also ordered Costa Rica not to use legal means to effectively create obstacles to the implementation of the procedure.

Costa Rica’s top court banned in-vitro fertilization in 2000 on the grounds it violated constitutional protections of life beginning at conception. The procedure often involves the destruction of embryos that don’t get implanted in a woman’s uterus.

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