COSTA RICA – Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

On 29 November 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring programme for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original piece with Semanario Universidad about therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica. The following excerpts Part I. Two others will follow. Because of lack of knowledge and fear of legal consequences, health care professionals contribute to the obstacles … Continued

Incest case attests that, in Costa Rica, abortion is legal in name only

In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in Article 121 of the Penal Code, permits the termination of a pregnancy as long the procedure is consensual, performed by a doctor (or if necessary by an authorised obstetrician), and is the only way to protect the life or health of the woman. While therapeutic abortion may thus be permissible, in … Continued

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