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Stem Cell Debate (2009)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2009-03-13

Duration: 00:07:08

Subjects: Politics | Health | Stem cells | Embryonic stem cells | Parkinson's disease | RIGHT TO LIFE | Health Care | Scientific research


  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Editor
  • Lane, Michelle Interviewee
  • Clapper, Benjamin Interviewee
  • Calegan, Gerald Interviewee
  • Gimbel, Jeff Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the March 13, 2009, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on local reaction to President Barack Obama’s reversal of the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. She speaks to Michelle Lane, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, about her hope that the new research will result in new treatments for patients. Sanford also talks to Benjamin Clapper of the Louisiana Right to Life Foundation on his view that it is unethical to use stem cells from embryos in scientific research. Lastly, Sanford interviews Dr. Gerald Calegan and Dr. Jeff Gimble about the research possibilities offered by embryonic stem cells. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford