Indiana, Experimental Drugs, and Freedom

In Indiana, experimental drugs may become legal for terminal patients. How does this comport with their “anti-homosexual” law?

We all know that Indiana is a backwards state because they just moved to legalize discrimination against homosexuals, right? I mean, the headlines wouldn’t lie, would they?

But then how does that same legislature turn around and loosen drug laws?

According to the Chicago CBS affiliate, “Indiana ‘Right To Try’ Law Gives Terminally Ill Access To Experimental Drugs.”

Imagine this: you’re terminally ill and your doctors have tried every available drug and nothing works. Now, Indiana is trying to give hope to those who are dying and hopeless.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports on what’s called the “right to try” law.

Five-year-old Jordan McLinn lent a hand to Indiana Governor Mike Pence as a new state law takes effect that could help Jordan in his fight for life.

Jordan has become the “poster boy” for the state’s “right to try” law. It allows doctors to prescribe experimental drugs to terminally ill patients, like Jordan who has muscular dystrophy. They’re drugs that have cleared only the first phase of FDA testing.

“This is a great statement about the compassion and care of the people of Indiana for our most vulnerable,” said Gov. Pence.

Supporters of the new law say some gravely ill patients can’t wait for the full FDA approval process that can take up to 15 years.

So a group that passed an “anti-gay-rights” law is also giving people autonomy to decide, if they are terminally ill, whether to try experimental medicines?

In fact, the state is going up against the Federal government in opening choices to these sick people.

The bill was passed unanimously by the Indiana legislature. But a cancer specialist from Methodist Hospital in Merrillville who supports it, says there may be trouble ahead.

“It’s a done deal if the drug is going through clinical trials in the USA and the drug company is willing to give it to the physician for those patients.”

Why would they be willing? After all, the law shelters them from liability.

The concern is payback. The FDA might begin punishing companies who cooperate with Indiana’s new law.

But if you are wondering how these two laws are consistent, here’s your first clue. In both cases the state is defying the Executive Branch.

But more to the point, the common theme is freedom. People are free to try the drugs and people are free to not participate in alleged weddings in which homosexuals allegedly get married.

Judges have forced same-sex “marriage” on Indiana. But the Indiana legislature has consistently promoted freedom in these two cases.