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Legislators in Tabasco, Mexico, previously the only state in the Catholic-majority country to allow surrogacy, have voted to relinquish access rights from foreigners and gay men.

Mexico had been a popular fertility destination for gay couples from the US, where surrogacy can cost from $100,000.

Now, those wishing to engage surrogacy services in Mexico must be a heterosexual couple, with the woman aged between 25-40 and able to provide proof that she is medically unable to conceive or bear a child.

Deputy Verónica Pérez Rojas said she voted to tighten laws because it was a ‘new form of exploitation of women and trafficking.’

The move follows a recent trend: India, Thailand and Nepal have all banned surrogacy for foreigners this year.

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