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Abortion Bill Debate (2014)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-03-21

Duration: 00:14:03

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2014 | Abortion | Health Care | Hospitals | PHYSICIANS | Physician and patient


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Schilling, Ellie Interviewee
  • Zagorski, Sarah Interviewee


This segment from the March 21, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford’s in-studio interview with Ellie Schilling, an attorney for Reproductive Health Centers, and Sarah Zagorski, the communications director for the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. They debate State Representative Katrina Jackson’s bill requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to hospitals, which is under consideration at the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. They discuss: why physicians did not testify against the bill; admitting privileges to hospitals; the current requirements for abortion clinics; the existing transfer agreements between abortion clinics and hospitals; the potential impact of the bill on OB/GYNs across the state; and the potential impact of the bill on the doctor-patient relationship.