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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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12 Republican governors ask Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

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Twelve Republican governors on Thursday filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, which set a precedent for the constitutional right to abortion.

Why it matters: The governors were writing in support of an upcoming case concerning Mississippi's law that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

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NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private employers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday announced a new COVID vaccine mandate for all private companies.

Why it matters: De Blasio, speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said the "first-in-the-nation measure" will go into effect starting Dec. 27. It will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses.

D.C.-Beijing tensions are shifting markets

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U.S. markets stand to lose $2 trillion in value if D.C. and Beijing drift further apart.

Why it matters: Political chasms are showing up in new securities regulations that put companies and investors in a bind. The rules are also another reflection of how much relations between the world’s largest economies have cooled, even as they remain economically interdependent.