Monday, May 11, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

3:35pm ET - Last week a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine documented a small number of cases in which premature babies born at 22 weeks survived with few health problems after receiving aggressive and highly-specialized medical treatment. However, of the thousands of premature births reported in in the study, the great majority of babies born at 22 weeks died or suffered serious long-term health issues.  The study, which is one of the most comprehensive to date on the kinds of care given to extremely premature babies, raises new questions for parents and doctors about what interventions might be taken when a baby is born so early. However, other physicians maintain that the study just confirms what is already known in the medical community: that, while rare, it is possible for a baby born at 22 weeks to survive.  Joining us today to discuss the study’s findings as well as how conservatives are going to try and use the study to further clamp down on women’s reproductive rights is Katie McDonough,'s politics writer, who focuses on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice issues.  You can also follow Katie on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Recently the Republican Governor of Wyoming Matt Mead signed into law a statute that makes it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison if you gather data about the condition of the environment across most of the state and share that data with the state or federal government.  The law, which according to the Western Watersheds Project is an attempt to conceal the fact that many of the state’s streams are contaminated by E. coli bacteria, strains of which can cause serious health problems and even death.  Joining us today to discuss the law and as well as the cause of the E. coli contamination is Justin Pidot an Assistant Professor at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, who wrote all about the law for and represent Western Watersheds Project  pro bono in an unrelated lawsuit. You can also follow Justin on twitter.

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