In many states around the country there are new, tough laws aimed at sexual predators who have abused children. No one opposes the intent to protect children, but in Georgia its new sex offender law is under attack by civil rights and religious activists who say the law is so broad and so harsh it is unfair. More
The Senate agreed to an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for many of the illegal immigrants in the United States. If some undocumented workers were able to stay, it could allay fears in many families. When undocumented immigrants have children born in the U.S., those children are considered U.S. citizen. If the parents receive a deportation notice, the families often split.
Terminally ill patients exercise their “right to die” when they want their suffering to end, but what about those who want to live? A British court ruled that a doctor can decide when to terminate a patient’s life. Leslie Burke suffers from cerebral ataxia and will eventually lose his ability to speak and swallow, yet he is concerned that doctors will choose to end his life against his wishes. More
Twenty-five years ago, in Greensboro, North Carolina, there was a shooting that left five people dead and the city polarized. Recently, a group of volunteers formed what they call a Truth and Community Reconciliation Project. The idea is to try to find out what happened that day and to create some forgiveness and healing. More
The arsenal of technology being used to fight crime has grown dramatically. One of the most powerful weapons is DNA evidence, which law enforcement officials can use to solve crimes that are years old. As DNA testing becomes more widespread, serious ethical questions are being raised about how it's used, and whether it violates civil rights. Lucky Severson reports.
There are more than eight million illegal immigrants in this country. And while there is a lot of discussion about controlling U.S. borders and enforcing the laws, there are also those who say these immigrants are often exploited, and denied basic rights. Are they a drain on the economy -- or poor people deserving compassion?
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is generating controversy on another issue. Scalia criticized the Roman Catholic Church's stand against the death penalty. At a forum on religion and the death penalty, Scalia said he does not agree with the Church's position on capital punishment.