Directed by Gabriela Quiros
What if you desperately wanted a baby, but your country and religion prohibited you from trying the one medical treatment that could help you conceive? Beautiful Sin tells the decade-long story of three couples struggling with infertility, who take the Costa Rican government before an international human rights court to demand the right to use In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In a region rocked by battles over reproductive rights, the story told in Beautiful Sin is without a doubt the strangest. In the year 2000, anti-abortion activists, with the help of the Catholic Church and a U.S. political group won a legal case that banned IVF in Costa Rica, and gave the embryo legal rights. Beautiful Sin is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a religious ideology such as the “personhood of the embryo” becomes law.