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Senator Donnelly's Right to Try bill signed into law by President Donald Trump

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“Right to Try” legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.--intended to ensure that Hoosiers with terminal diseases can have access to potentially lifesaving treatments--has been signed into law.

Donnelly introduced Right to Try after meeting Indianapolis residents Laura McLinn and her 9-year old son Jordan, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease with no known cure.

“Right to Try will help Americans with life-threatening illnesses who have exhausted every available course of access to access experimental treatments before they’re available to the public,” according to a statement released last week.”

Donnelly worked Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and met with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss how they could get this critical legislation across the finish line.

After pushing the bill through the Senate last August, it passed out of the House in May and was signed into law shortly afterward. “The president directly thanked (Donnelly) for his successful efforts during the signing ceremony for Right to Try,” the statement said.

“Throughout his time in the Senate, (Donnelly) has reached across the aisle and worked tirelessly to deliver results for Hoosiers,” the statement added. “In addition to having 21 legislative proposals signed into law during the Trump Administration alone, (Donnelly) was named the most bipartisan senator of the last quarter-century still in office by the Lugar Center.”

“With over 20 legislative proposals signed into law since the start of the Trump Administration, Joe has a proven track record of delivering real results for Hoosiers,” said Kate Oehl, press secretary for Joe for Indiana. “This legislation could make a difference for the terminally ill in Indiana and across the country who now have the right to try to potentially life-saving medical treatments.”



Posted 6/26/2018




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