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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in 2018. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed into law Tuesday a bill that would ban abortions in cases in which they are sought "solely" because of genetic issues, such as Down syndrome.

Why it matters: Facing the welcome prospect of a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, many Republican states have been passing bills to limit abortion access.

  • Both Idaho and Oklahoma this week signed into law bills that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Driving the news: Doctors who perform abortions in such cases could face felony charges. The sweeping anti-abortion bill also includes several other provisions, including:

  • Conferring fetuses with civil rights
  • Banning mail delivery of abortion-inducing medicines, including those used to help regulate miscarriages, per the Arizona Republic.
  • Requiring fetal remains to be buried or cremated
  • Forbidding the use of state money to fund institutions that provide abortions or do abortion-involved research

What they're saying: "Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup," Ducey tweeted.

The other side: Arizona Democrats issued a rebuttal to the bill, which they called an "expansive and intrusive step toward criminalizing, restricting, and regulating women, doctors, universities, and public institutions."

  • They noted that conferring unborn fetus with civil rights is a step towards prosecuting women who do not carry their babies to term — including in cases of miscarriage — for manslaughter.
  • The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a statement calling the bill unconstitutional.

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Idaho governor signs "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban bill

Brad Little speaks at a White House event with Mike Pence in 2020. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed a bill into law on Tuesday banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Why it matters: Fetal heartbeats can be observed as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant, per AP.

The states ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits early

Protesters demand senators support the continuation of unemployment benefits on July 16, 2020 in Miami Springs, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

At least 12 Republican-led states have announced they are terminating their involvement in federal pandemic-related unemployment programs early.

Driving the news: Many of the states' governors cited worker shortages. But some experts say it's the job climate, including pandemic-era factors, and not unemployment benefits that is determining when and how people return to work.

Elon Musk suspends Tesla purchases with bitcoin

Elon Musk. Photo: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Consumers can no longer buy Tesla vehicles with bitcoin, CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter Wednesday.

What he's saying: Musk cited the environmental concerns associated with bitcoin — the cryptocurrency has a massive carbon footprint — as his reasoning behind Wednesday's decision.