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Ducey signs bills limiting abortion, transgender rights

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Arizona’s Republican governor has signed a series of bills targeting abortion and transgender rights. Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature today puts Arizona on a growing list of GOP-led states pursuing a conservative social agenda.

The measures will outlaw abortion after 15 weeks if the U.S. Supreme Court allows it, with no exemptions for rape or incest.

Another measure will prohibit gender confirmation surgery for minors and ban transgender girls from playing on girls sports teams.

Ducey is an abortion opponent who has signed every piece of anti-abortion legislation that has reached his desk since he took office in 2015.

He said late last year that he hoped the Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision that protects the right to abortion.

Arizona Democrats responded in a statement saying “unconstitutional attacks on abortion and inhuman attacks on trans kids are not what Arizona needs and not what Arizonans want.”