What does it do? When does it come into effect?

PHOENIX – Arizona made national headlines Tuesday when Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed one of the state’s most restrictive abortion laws in years: Senate Bill 1457, which criminalizes abortions based on certain genetic conditions and extends civil rights to fetuses.

The signing follows months of intense committee hearings, rallies and debates. Supporters insisted the legislation would protect Arizona’s most vulnerable, while opponents said the bill was unconstitutional and “medically flawed.”

Ducey cited “immeasurable value in every life” in explaining his signing on Tuesday, saying Arizona “will continue to prioritize protecting the lives of our unborn children.” Within hours, however, reproductive rights activists were planning to sue the state.

Here’s a closer look at the law’s path to adoption and its potential impact.

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