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Recently Featured Controversies

  • Abortion: While many people consider access to abortions to be a basic right, others consider the termination of a pregnancy equivalent to the murder of a child. Should abortion be legal and accessible, or should access to the procedure be restricted? [ More on Reproductive Rights]

  • Crowdfunding and the 2012 JOBS Act: Should the government regulate who is able to invest in start-up companies? Will the 2012 JOBS Act, which allows nonprofessional investors to take such risks, help spur innovation and create jobs, or will it merely allow unscrupulous companies to take advantage of untrained investors? [ More on Business and the Economy]

  • Medical Testing Guidelines: Many experts in the medical community believe that too many tests are conducted by doctors and hospitals. Are these tests wasteful procedures that can cause more trouble for patients than they prevent, or is it best to err on the side of caution if there is even the slimmest chance that a medical test can save lives? [More on Medicine and Health Care]

  • Strip Searches : The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that routine strip searches in prisons and other detention facilities are not a violation of prisoners' constitutional rights. Are strip searches a viable method to prevent prisoners from smuggling contraband into jails, or are they a humiliating and unnecessary procedure that violates peoples' basic civil rights? [ More on Constitutional Rights]

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