The Arizona state House has passed two anti-transgender bills. The legislation would prohibit medically necessary gender-affirming surgery for trans youth and ban trans athletes from participating in school sports. Arizona lawmakers also approved an aggressive anti-abortion bill that would ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill now heads to the desk of Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who supports anti-abortion policies. In more Arizona news, the state Senate on Wednesday passed a Republican-led bill that would force residents to retroactively provide proof of citizenship to remain registered voters. Voting rights advocates have warned the bill could trigger “the most extreme voter purge in the country,” and say Black, Latinx, Native, low-income and senior voters would be disproportionately impacted.
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