CNN Evening News for Saturday, May 10, 2003
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Radio Vox Pop Nancy Skinner and talk show host Ben Ferguson about whether the tendency to capitalize on notoriety by naming laws after victims is justified or exploitation examined; details given about murder victim Laci Peterson’s family’s effort to rename the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act to “Laci & Conner’s Law,” and about a paralysis research bill named after paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve. [SKINNER – states you should never exploit a tragedy for a political aim; says the unborn victims law is the first step in overturning Roe v. Wade.] [FERGUSON – debates the Roe v. Wade issue; states politicians should do their job without someone famous putting their name on it; says it’s wrong for someone to push their agenda if they don’t have a personal stake; comments on the AMBER Alert bill being passed after the publicity of the Elizabeth Smart case.]