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IVF Ban Lifted in Costa Rica — A Success for Reproductive Rights?

April 1, 2016

(Medical Xpress) – The sextuplets were the culmination of a rise in multiple births recorded in Costa Rica beginning in the mid-2000s. From 1997-2005, just ten sets of quadruplets were reported, while 122 sets of quadruplets were reported from 2005-2012. The epidemic of quadruplets seems like a bizarre, counterintuitive result of the ban on IVF—especially because a spike in multiple births usually follows the use of IVF, not its absence. So what happened?

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