This is horrible. Just horrible. I’ve worked on many stories for The Cardinal Newman Society. I honestly think this is the one of the most shocking.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is currently deciding whether Costa Rica, which is substantially Catholic and the only country that completely prohibits in vitro fertilization (IVF), is infringing on human rights. Shockingly, a class at a Jesuit law school has sided with plaintiffs – and against the Catholic Church — to oppose laws that protect life from the moment of conception.

The tribunal, which rules on human-rights violations throughout Central and South America, met earlier this month to hear a case brought by a number of couples against the Costa Rican laws. The Costa Rican bishops have steadfastly opposed efforts to legalize IVF, abortion, and gay “marriage,” stating that their legalization would “not address the real needs of our nation and take no account of the dignity of the human person, the nature of the family and the values of Costa Rican society.”

Nevertheless, the International Human Rights Clinic at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, which gives students the opportunity to work on real cases of human rights violations that occur in several countries around the world while receiving credit, announced that they were filing a brief in support of the right to IVF — a practice which the Church has clearly and unequivocally judged to be immoral.

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