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Arizona Passes Law Banning Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies

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Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed an anti-abortion law that makes it a crime to terminate a pregnancy if it is based on genetic conditions such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis, unless there is a life-threatening risk to the mother.

“Every life holds immeasurable value — regardless of genetic makeup. Today I signed legislation to prioritize life in our preborn children and protect those with genetic abnormalities,” Ducey said in a statement released on Tuesday night.

Ducey remarked that in this way “Arizona remains one of the top pro-life states in the nation.”

The measure was approved thanks to the support of the Republican majority in the state Congress and with the complete rejection of Democrats who supported abortion for people with Down syndrome.

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