Mexico City Passes Surrogate Mother Law

A new measure allows women in Mexico City to be surrogate mothers.

The measure is the first of its type to be passed in México. It still needs to be signed by Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.

The bill approved by the city's legislature on Tuesday says surrogacy can be carried out only with the authorization of the city's Health Department. It also asks that parents first look for women related by blood to serve as surrogates, although other women can participate.

The law also says a woman can be a surrogate mother no more than twice and she can't charge for it.

Mexico City lawmaker Maricela Contreras, who promoted the initiative, says the law looks to help some of Mexico's 1.5 million couples with fertility problems.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.