Costa Ricas Supreme Court throws out constitutional challenges to IVF decree

first_imgIn the latest curve of Costa Rica’s roller coaster process to legalize in vitro fertilization, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has thrown out several challenges to President Luis Guillermo Solís’ decree regulating the fertility procedure here. But before supporters can celebrate the news the president’s decree still must overcome another challenge filed this week.The Constitutional Chamber, known as the Sala IV, threw out four legal and constitutional challenges, according to a statement from the judicial body Friday afternoon. The decision came one day after the Solís administration appeared before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to present an update on its progress to legalize the procedure.Costa Rica banned IVF in 2000. Solís signed a decree on Sept. 10 legalizing IVF in Costa Rica after years of court battles and inaction from a lethargic legislature. The president said Costa Rica could not risk possible sanctions from the regional human rights court when he signed the order. Advocates celebrated the act but religious conservatives vowed to fight the executive order.Casa Presidencial counsel Marvin Carvajal welcomed the news but downplayed its importance in the face of another constitutional challenge that was filed this week against the decree. “This is not a substantial change,” Carvajal said in a statement released by Casa Presidencial.The latest challenge argued that the decree violated the principle of separation of powers when the executive branch took steps to regulate the procedure before the legislature voted on its long-delayed bill, among other issues. Until this latest challenge is resolved, the decree published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta on Sept. 11 remains suspended.Carvajal said that Casa Presidencial would present its case to the Sala IV on Nov. 3.“We believe with great conviction that this decree complies with the order of the IACHR to guarantee the fundamental rights of Costa Ricans,” Carvajal said. “We hope the decree will pass the constitutional test.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica IVF decree loses support of public health care system Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization After legislative inaction, Costa Rican President Solís’ IVF pledge will be put to the test Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to actlast_img read more

Isla Mujeres Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFrom June 21 to 24, 2012, the charming island of Isla Mujeres, just off of Mexico’s eastern Quintana Roo shores, will host its fifth Whale Shark Festival. The annual celebration of these majestic creatures—affectionately known as “dominoes” for their spotted skin—will feature local cuisine, art, dance and, of course, the awe-inspiring opportunity to snorkel alongside the whale sharks.In addition to immersing participants in the cultural traditions and stunning natural environs of this magical Mexican locale, the festival raises awareness of sustainable tourism, ocean conservation and wildlife protection. A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to environmental non-profit organizations, and eco-focused activities for kids will be on offer through festival sponsor Amigos de Isla Contoy, A.C.“Sustainable ecotourism engages guests in the effort to preserve the culture of Isla Mujeres, their way of life and the marine environment,” said John Vater, who co-founded Ceviche Tours, an ecotourism travel agency, with his wife Adriana and longtime friend and Isla Mujeres native Luis “Cuco” Refugio and his family.As many as 1,400 whale sharks make their way through the waters north of Isla Mujeres every summer, and the festival is the perfect opportunity to witness, marvel at and celebrate the graceful animals. For the scientifically minded, the event offers various fascinating presentations delivered by experts in marine biology, the ecosystem and Mayan culture.whalesharkfest.comlast_img read more